Hailing from the Bronx, the Juggaknots first made waves in the mid-Nineties New York scene with appearances on famed DJ Bobbito Garcia's radio shows. MCs Buddy Slim and Breeze Brewin spit laid-back rhymes over slightly jazzy beats, perfectly encompassing post-D.A.I.S.Y.-age East Coast hip-hop. Their out-of-print 1996 debut LP resurfaced as Re:Release in 2003; later the group added a female MC, Queen Heroine, and a new album is forthcoming in October.
Coheadliner OC made his name as a member of DITC (Diggin' in the Crates), a collective of fiercely talented MCs, DJs, and producers that included the likes of Lord Finesse, Fat Joe, and the late Big L. Brooklyn-born and Queens-raised, OC had early associations with Pharoahe Monch and Organized Konfusion that tinged his lyrics with a hardcore flavor. His fourth and most recent solo album, Smoke and Mirrors, appeared in 2005.
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Meanwhile the highlight of the local openers for this show, which celebrates the fourth anniversary of Miami-based online hip-hop shop ugscience.com, is Soarse Spoken. A member of Miami's wordy and innovative Botanica del Jibaro camp, the Colombian-born MC has struggled for recognition in his bling-obsessed adopted hometown. But internationally his bilingual lyrical prowess and heady, conscious themes have garnered Soarse Spoken featured airplay on BBC's Radio One, and a 2004 performance slot at Barcelona's legendary Sonar Festival.