O.C. came up as part of Organized Konfusion’s extended family, and was signed to Serchlite Music right after Nas so he’s no stranger to elite level lyricism. He went on to join the Diggin’ In The Crates crew and has recorded with everyone from Jay-Z, DJ Premier, Hieroglyphics and Apollo Brown. Best known for his hardcore anthem ‘Time’s Up,’ O.C. is finally hitting Australian shores for the first time in his career in February. He took some time out recently to discuss the ups and down of the rap game thus far.
**Why did you decide to rap? ** I grew-up in it. I grew-up partly in Brooklyn, partly in Queens, so I’ve been around it all my life. It was a natural transition. I wanted to be a DJ at first, and as I got older I just took it from there.
**You wanted to DJ originally? ** The DJ was more focused on than the MC back in then, that’s how it started. People would bring their stuff out at block parties, bring they music out at the parks. I was younger at the time, I was amazed by watching people play records and going back and forth on the turntables. So naturally, that’s what I wanted to do when I saw it. I was in Brooklyn part of my life and I grew up in Jamaica, Queens, on the other part, and that’s when I gravitated to writing rhymes – junior high school. It just became natural.