B-1

B-1

Real Name:
Kareem Kenneth Alston
Profile:
Kareem Alston aka B-1 (or just One) has been in the game since the early 90's, but despite close ties to numerous well known rap artists and hip-hop luminaries his name remains relatively unknown to this day. Hailing from Queens, NY, B-1 gravitated towards hip-hop at a young age, influenced by his mother's eclectic musical tastes as well as the nearby block parties and park jams.

Citing Kool G Rap and Lord Finesse as major influences in picking up a pen and becoming an MC, B-1 spent a long time honing his craft on the down low before being featured on two tracks on Kool G Rap's 1995 album "4, 5, 6", alongside close associate MF Grimm. However this wasn't the first time for B-1 to work with one of his former idols as he already had the chance to record alongside Lord Finesse, Grimm and Freddie Foxxx in 1992, earning him a mention in the prestigious demo section of Rap Pages Magazine.

In the late 90's, B-1 went on to become one of the first artists to sign a deal with Rawkus Records and released a handful of successful underground records, several of which featured collaborations with none other than Large Professor. In 2000 the very gifted Queens MC went quiet, but never stopped recording new music. It was already 2012 when B-1 finally made a dope comeback on the Beneficence collabo track, "Rulez To The Game (Remix)", that also featured Harlem legend Herb McGruff.
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B-1 Discography

Singles & EPs

One (46) A.K.A. B-1 One (46) A.K.A. B-1 - Verbal Affairs / Empire Staters (Single) Rawkus US 1997 Sell This Version
RWK 163-1 B-1 Featuring Kool G Rap B-1 Featuring Kool G Rap - Cardinal Sins(12") Ghetto Gold Recordings, Rawkus RWK 163-1 US 1998 Sell This Version
STONET1 B-1 & Large Professor B-1 & Large Professor - Put Yo' Self In My Place(12") Stonegroove Recordings STONET1 UK 1999 Sell This Version
BEN 09-1 B-One* How We Live / Built Like That(12") Fat Beats BEN 09-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
B-1 & Large Professor / Da Beatminerz & O.C. B-1 & Large Professor / Da Beatminerz & O.C. - Hands Of Time/ Spitgame (Single) Ill Adrenaline Records US 2013 Sell This Version