Awol One (ShapeShifters) “Exclusive Interview” /// UndergroundHipHopBlog.comPosted: September 15, 2012
California artist Awol One is rumored to be over one thousand years old and every single one of those years can be heard within the cracks of his voice and lyrics. One may call him a crude poet, a drunken rambler or a melodic voice for slackers but nobody can deny that he’s maintained an uncompromising level of
intelligence, honesty, melody, dark humor and originality.
Touring the planet as a solo act and a member of The Shape Shifters ,
Awol has collaborated with Xzibit , B Real of Cypress Hill ,Aesop Rock,
KRS-One, Buck 65, Atmosphere and members of Dilated Peoples and 3OH!3 to name a few. In the early 2000’s when journalists didn’t quite know what to make of his strange alternative indie hip hop, Spin magazine tried to pin him down as one of the premiere voices of emo-rap, while Vice Magazine, URB and LA Weekly were singing the praises of his anthems. His 2001 collaboration with Daddy Kev, “Souldoubt”, quickly became seen as a L.A. underground hip hop world wide classic and since, Awolrus hasn’t slowed down a bit.