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Larry Darnell Griffin Jr. (born August 3, 1976),[3] professionally known as Symbolyc One or S1, is an American record producer from Waco, Texas. He founded the group Strange Fruit Project and is signed to Kanye West's Very GOOD Beats as a producer.

Symbolyc One
Birth nameLarry Darnell Griffin Jr.
Also known asS1
Born (1976-08-03) August 3, 1976 (age 43)[1]
Waco, Texas, United States
OriginWaco, Texas, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Record producer, rapper, musician
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, sampler, percussion, synthesizer
Years active2004–present
LabelsRoc Nation,[2] GOOD, Om Records
Associated actsStrange Fruit Project, Illmind, Braille, Kanye West, Royce da 5'9", Talib Kweli, The Dividends, Sarah Jaffe, Phonte


Griffin was born August 3, 1976 in Waco, Texas, and grew up there in a Christian household. In junior high school, he learned alto saxophone and played piano throughout his teen years, including for Sunday school at his local church. After forming a hip hop group in 2007 with his cousin, Myth, Griffin started making beats and producing recording. In 2010, he received his associate degree in audio engineering from McLennan Community College. From 2007-2008, S1 competed in national U.S. beat competitions such as iStandard, Red Bull Big Tune, and Sha Money’s One Stop Shop.

Music careerEdit

In his role as main producer of the group Strange Fruit Project, Griffin's style and production range includes R&B, soul, underground and urban/crossover pop. As a platinum-selling producer, S1 has worked with many musical artists, as well as being a core member in singer Erykah Badu’s electronic band The Cannabinoids.

Prominent collaborations include Kanye West's “Power” from the Grammy-winning album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Beyoncé’s “Best Thing I Never Had” off her album 4, both tracks certified platinum.[4][5] He also worked on West's Grammy-nominated albums Yeezus and Watch the Throne, a joint project with Jay-Z. As half of the duo The Dividends (with Dallas-based singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe), Griffin co-wrote and co-produced the Eminem song "Bad Guy" from The Marshall Mathers LP 2, another Grammy-winning album. He also worked on the Madonna album Rebel Heart.


Studio albums
  • 2008: The Music Box
Collaboration albums
  • 2005: The Art of Onemind (with Illmind)
  • 2009: Cloud Nineteen (with Braille)


  1. ^ Mulloy, Gavin. "SARAH JAFFE AND SYMBOLYC ONE COEXIST IN MUSIC DUO: THE DIVIDENDS". Interactive Energy Group. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-09-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Symmolyc One Biography". Symbolyc One. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  4. ^ "S1 Explains Co-Producing Kanye West's "Power"". HipHop DX. 2010-05-28.
  5. ^ "Beyonce Working With Kanye West Producer S1". MTV. 2011-01-12.

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