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One Be Lo

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OneBeLo has performed around the world as a solo artist and a member of the legendary rap duo Binary Star, but his travels throughout different mindsets and communities have made even more of an impact. Throughout his life, Lo has also assumed the roles of star athlete, convicted felon, Christian, Muslim, and Egyptian resident—and all of these things are reflected in his music.

“When I talk about religion, sports, winning, losing, struggle, pain, prison, poverty, crime, women—these are the ingredients of OneBeLo, because those are my personalexperiences,” he explains. “I’ve been a straight-A student, I’ve been a knucklehead, I’ve been a heathen, I’ve been a Christian, I’ve been a Muslim, I’ve been a criminal, I’ve been in the belly of the beast, I’ve been to the Mecca, I’ve been to Europe. I’ve been to the top, I’ve been to the bottom. I’m talking about everything.”

Lo was adopted in Pontiac, Michigan, where his mother worked as a beautician and his stepfather worked at a plant. As a result, he developed appreciation for women, fashion, working with a variety of different people, discipline, and forgiveness. He busied himself with over a dozen different activities and attended church several times a week with his family. Life changed once his parents divorced when he was 14 years old. With lower supervision and more exposure to new things, he ran the streets with older kids until he went to prison days after his 18th birthday.

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