Juggaknots, ‘Use Your Confusion’ (Amalgam)
As products of the thriving mid-90’s New York City underground rap scene, Juggaknots performed at the famed Lyricist Lounge, freestyled on Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia’s tastemaking local radio show, and had their 12-inches stocked at record store nexus Fat Beats. They also released an excellent debut album, 1996’s Clear Blue Skies. Their long-awaited follow-up contains more strong, if somewhat opaque, lyricism — expertly sticking to themes (on “Liar Liar” and “Strip Joint”) and showing a surprisingly spry sense of humor (“Leon Phelps”). The unorthodox production is another matter, though, often challenging the trio to even find the beat.
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