Seasoned mic veteran Jamall Bufford, aka Buff1, has a commanding presence on and off stage, which has earned him a die-hard fanbase. Whether rocking a party anthem, a political burner or a soulful banger, one thing is certain - Jamall Bufford consistently delivers. After Athletic Mic League (AML) came together as teenagers in Ann Arbor, MI over 25 years ago, the men that filled out its roster spent over a decade perfecting their lyrical skills and writing, working out the most athletically trained stage performances and opening for hip-hop’s elite acts. Following the underground success of AML, the other six members approached Bufford with a new plan: it was time to bring him to the forefront as a solo artist. In 2007, Bufford officially became a respected solo act with the release of his critically acclaimed debut Pure. Real Detroit Weekly crowned Bufford “Best Solo Rap Artist of 2007.” Okayplayer gave Pure 4.5/5 afros, exclaiming “This album, my friends, is incredible... classic like Thriller jackets”. Bufford has since gone on to join forces with The Black Opera, Rap's first performing arts group. The Black Opera has toured the world and released 5 studio albums. Bufford’s background as a Hip-Hop artist led to his passion of working with young people. Bufford is now the Project Specialist for Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper. Prior to his WMBK role, Bufford spent years working at the Neutral Zone as an Emcee Workshop Facilitator and Music Coordinator, and as a Paraprofessional working with emotionally impaired middle school students.