A1 is a songwriter, producer, and rapper whose output as a collaborator and headliner has fused and alternated between commercial rap and R&B. Known since 2016 as a cast member of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, he established himself behind the scenes beforehand as the co-writer of Elijah Blake's "I Just Wanna...." Since then, he has worked closely with Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jeremih, as well as writing partner Lyrica Anderson, with whom he made Love Scars (2016). A1 called upon many of his associates for Turbulence (2019), his debut mixtape.
Floyd Bentley was nicknamed A1 for his basketball skills. Sidelined by a serious injury while playing for Highland Community College, the Kansas City, Kansas native started writing rhymes, and with urging from a cousin, he eventually headed to Los Angeles to enter the music industry. Bentley was homeless for three months, but his fortunes changed when he crossed paths with a supportive Raphael Saadiq. In 2010, Bentley had his first songwriting credits on songs recorded by Norman Brown and Trey Songz. After he co-wrote material for Jordan Knight, Tank, and Rayven Justice, he scored his first hit with "I Just Wanna...," which Elijah Blake and DeJ Loaf took to number 23 on Billboard's Hot R&B Songs chart in 2015. By the end of that year, Bentley charted again with "Wrist," recorded by Chris Brown.
"I Just Wanna..." and "Wrist" were written with partner Lyrica Anderson, with whom Bentley appeared regularly on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, starting with the series' first season in 2016. Bentley's music career continued to progress the next two years with extensive work on albums such as Ty Dolla $ign's Beach House III, Chris Brown's Heartbreak on a Full Moon, and Jeremih and Ty's MihTy, in addition to tracks by French Montana, Gucci Mane, and Justine Skye. As A1, Bentley released a headlining single of his own, "Always," featuring Brown and Ty, in 2017. He and Anderson then wrote and recorded as a duo for the Love Scars EP. Bentley's solo activity resumed in 2019 with Turbulence, a mixtape promoted with a handful of singles, including "Secret," a T-Pain collaboration. ~ Andy Kellman