Larry Griffin was born in August 1976 in Waco, Texas, and grew up there in a Christian household. In Junior High school he began learning alto sax and piano throughout his teen years. As a 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 making beats and The Art of Production. In 1999, he received his Associates Degree in Applied Science: Studio/Audio Engineering.

From 2007-2008, S1 began competing in National Beat Competitions (iStandard, Red Bull Big Tune & Sha Money’s One Stop Shop) across the U.S. In those competitions, he would go on to win either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place along with acquiring many new fans and meeting people including Major label executives and Industry big wigs. Participating in these competitions and conferences allowed S1 to build relationships in the Industry.

Music career

Now, S1 is the main producer of the group Strange Fruit Project. His style and production range includes R&B, Soul, Underground and Urban/Crossover Pop . As a platinum-selling producer, S1 has worked with artists such as Beyoncé,[2] Kanye West, Jay-Z, Babyface, Erykah Badu, Stat Quo, Rhymefest, Rah Digga, Ghostface Killah and Little Brother, as well as being a core member in Erykah Badu’s electronic band, The Cannabinoids.

He’s gone on to produce (along with Kanye) the hit single “Power” for Grammy Award Winning Artist/Producer Kanye West.[3]

S1 co-produced Beyoncé’s second single “Best Thing I Never Had[4] from her 2011 album “4″ (along with Caleb, Babyface and Shea Taylor).