Ever since the Juggaknots blessed the hiphop community with their classic debut, “Clear Blue Skies,” fans have been clamoring for more from the Bronx natives. Unfortunately, satisfaction has come in small doses with a few singles sprinkled in between their first EP and its re-mastered counterpart. With years of lethargic actions behind them Breeze, Slim and Heroin are finally focusing on establishing their label, Matic Records. Thus far they have put out the “Generally” single, the “Re-Release” LP and a couple new cuts on vinyl, “Berzerkowitz” and “She Loves Me Not.”
“The releases have been positive, but I think its been attributed to the Juggaknots name,” reasoned Buddy Slim, the oldest of the three siblings. “Thankfully fans go in on the strength of that but we’re really trying to build up the name of Matic with the upcoming releases.”
Currently the Juggs are looking for CD distribution to really get things rolling. One of their first releases on CD will be “The Love Deluxe,” a mixtape of sorts that B.Slim describes as ‘The Juggs dusted out on Weird Al Yankovic.’ The mix CD, due out in June, presents a more playful side of the crew. “It’s kinda like making fun of mixtapes,” explains lead emcee Breezily Brewin. “It’s an extended version of the 12” we put out. It’s more like a spoof. You’ll get “She Loves me Not” on CD for the first time and a couple of spoof joints that won’t be available anywhere else. Cats always think we’re some serious dudes, which we are, but we’d like to reserve the right to do some dumb shit.”
The next LP is also in the works with a majority of the recording taking place this summer. “I’m thinking maybe Fall 2004,” begins Breeze. “ It’s coming together. We got a lot of joints done already. We did a slew of joints with me and Slim on production and now we are going to do a whole different bunch with producers cats never heard of just to mix it up.”
With the exception of the mixtape and new album, much of Matic’s material will be showcasing new artists. Slim is finishing up a compilation called “Nights on the Boulevard” featuring emcees that have come through the Juggs studio. The group is also in talks with Nine, from “Whutcha Want,” fame to join the roster and has plans to release vaulted material from Philly emcee, Adagio. For more information log onto MaticRecords.com.