MP3: A-1 – “Sunday Love”

Premiered By Mass Appeal, the Bay Area Rapper Celebrates the Weekend On the Latest Single From His Forthcoming Thurlian Album



Critical Praise For A-1:

“A-1′s style has a similar kind of funny, free-for-all feel as post-Mac Dre rappers like [Roach] Gigz, but has a sly rap style that is distinctly his own.” – The FADER

“Easily one of the illest emcees I’ve heard over the last few years.” – OkayPlayer

“…something that sounds so vital and absolutely hyphy that it pretty much had to come from the Bay.” –Noisey

The Song:

Bay Area rapper A-1‘s anticipated forthcoming album, Thurlian, is releasing on March 5, and he’s been flexing his lyrical muscle in a weekly series of single releases as part of his #ThurlianThursdays campaign. Premiered by Mass Appeal, this week A-1 shares “Sunday Love,” which features fellow Bay Area artist Cole singing on the chorus and flips a sample of Cherrelle‘s soul/funk stepper “Saturday Love.” “Before me and my sister started taking the bus to school, my mom used to play KFRC, the oldies station, every single morning in the car on the way to drop us off at elementary,” explains A-1.  “I grew up hearing that song ‘Saturday Love’ and I always loved that record.”

“Sunday Love” is the 2015 version of Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” mixed with Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend” and a little flavor from the bay. Within his first few bars A-1 makes it known that his newest song, “Ain’t a modern day trap banger, this the life of a modern day rap singer.” “Sunday Love,” is a humor-filled look into the hip-hop minutiae that encircles one of California’s rising MC’s. Amid bars about drugs and alcohol are relatable quips about staying home and catching up on episodes of Breaking Bad while eating enchiladas.

With “Sunday Love,” A-1 delivers a 9-to-5 anthem for everyone grinding for that first hint of Friday night freedom. “I wrote this track in honor of all the weekend warriors out there,” says A-1, adding that he’s referring to “the people who work their asses off during the week just for a tiny break in monotony when the weekend comes.” On the forthcoming Thurlian album, A-1 blends a mix of original production and his own remixes of beats by genre-bending producers like Mikos Da Gawd, Woostar, Mr. Carmack, Sango, XXYYXX, Ryan Hemsworth, Stwo and BEAR//Face, delivering something new and creative to the world of hip-hop.

Listen to “Sunday Love”:

Check out the Mass Appeal premiere:

Watch the Thurlian promo video:

Check out A-1’s newly launched website:

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A-1 Background:

Born Adam Traore, a first generation US citizen to West African and Italian parents, A-1‘s music is constructed around vivid stories of growing up in The City while searching for happiness and self awareness. After the release of After School Special, a mixtape based on 90s television shows, he gained a fan base through internet buzz while still living on his friend’s couch.  Soon after, he released his follow-up The Book Of Adam which was received so well, he quit his day job the day after the listening party.  With 2012’s The Thurl Tape, A-1 has been acknowledged by publications such as the FADER and Complex.  Equipped with a heart filled with passion, an insatiable desire for creativity, discerning eyes and ears for quality, and a plan to spread his music to as many people as possible, A-1 is poised to be the first name in music lover’s iPods in the very near future. A-1’s Thurlian album will release March 5, 2015.

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“Sunday Love”:

“Good People”: /

Thurlian promo video:

“There I Go”:

“Doing the Most / Carry the Ghost”:


“Summertime Sadness”:


“Summertime Sadness” Remix:

“The Ritual”:

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