HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Symbolyc One (S1), born in 1976 as Larry D. Griffin Jr., was born and raised in Waco, TX. As a child, S1 grew up infatuated with old tunes that played on his parents’ turntable. This led him to learning alto sax and piano through out his teen years. As a devoted Christian, S1 began playing piano for Sunday school at his local church which developed his insight on music even more. After forming a hip hop group with his cousin, Myth, back in 1996, S1 would eventually venture into the Art of Production and making beats.
In 1999, he received his Associates Degree in Applied Science: Audio Engineering which required him to take his music theory and ear training to another level. Through a decade of hard work, sacrifice, rewards and disappointments, he continued to work harder and put ALL his trust in God to guide his life and career.
Today, S1is the main esteemed producer of the highly acclaimed group Strange Fruit Project. His style and production range stretches beyond all genres from R&B to Soul, from Underground to Urban Pop and everything else in between. As super producer, S1 has gone on to do prominent work with great artist such as Beyonce, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Madonna, Babyface, Talib Kweli, The Game, 50cent, Adam Levine, Rhymefest, Little Brother, Lecrae, Keyshia Cole, Logic, Lupe Fiasco, amongst others as well as being a core member in Erykah Badu’s electronic band, The Cannabinoids.
As half of the duo The Dividends(with Dallas-based singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe), S1 co-wrote and co-produced the Eminem single “Bad Guy” from The Marshall Mathers LP 2, another Grammy-winning album.