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The best kept secret in music

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Discography

BK-One "Set in Motion"

BK-One "The Love of Music"

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Bio

Around 1997, the freshest hip-hop being played in the Twin Cities was on a radio program called "The Beatbox." Brother Ali brought his demo to the station one Saturday, a move that produced some airplay and lasting friendships. As a host and co-founder of the show, BK One was among the first to believe in Brother Ali. The two instantly vibed and began using the radio station's equipment as a makeshift studio. Through "The Beatbox," Ali was also introduced to key figures running Rhymesayers, the record label he would eventually join.

Now his DJ, BK One explains the transition from supporter to co-worker. "After he fired the DJ he was working with, I was the obvious choice. We were great friends, and I already knew all of his songs!" It's that Midwestern work ethic combined with earnest that has warranted Brother Ali a name among Minnesota's eminent musicians. "The people here are very proud and supportive of good music." While artists in other cities got down with previously established circles, Minneapolis hip-hop enthusiasts had to generate their own. DJ BK One rationalizes, "Every city has people worth hearing. Most of them just complain about the lousy scene though. Minneapolis didn't have a scene ten years ago, so they made one."