Buff1 There’s Only One

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Capable of carrying both the ruggedness of Guilty Simpson and the smoothed-out style of Little Brother, Ann Arbor, Michigan hip-hop act Buff1 has recently proven himself one well-rounded rhymer. On his sophomore set, There’s Only One, the MC keeps his subject matter and approach fluid while working with an underrated pack of Michigan producers (14 KT, Black Milk). Buff’s fluidity at times lends itself to offbeat tracks like “Electrifying Music Maker,” which take some getting used to, but more often his tracks catch fire from the jump. “I Know the Secret” is the perfect example, with his self-assured raps coasting over the classic soul-meets-synthy sonics. Meet Michigan’s next great MC.