Born and raised in the Bronx, the sibling-centric Juggaknots
first gained underground renown for their appearances on Columbia University's Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito
radio program. When a record deal with Elektra went south, Bobbito Garcia issued their Clear Blues Skies vinyl-only EP on his Fondle 'Em label in 1996. Like almost all of the releases on the label, the record was out of print before most people got a chance to hear what all the fuss was about. Brothers Buddy Slim
(Kevin Smith), who acts as the group's main producer, sometimes under the name Fever the Kid, and Breezly Brewin'
(Paul Smith), whose steady, effortless-sounding flow won him acclaim, though he never really found much fame, kept busy with outside projects. A Juggaknots
collaboration with Company Flow
appeared in 1998 under the name Indelible MC's
and was featured on the Lyricist Lounge
comp. The following year, Breezly
worked with Prince Paul
on his Prince Among Thieves
album. Clear Blue Skies
was reissued on CD -- along with ten new songs and a remixed version of the title track -- in 2003 by Third Earth Music, and the duo added a third member, sister Queen Herawin
(Peridot Smith), who had been too young to participate before. A decade after their debut EP was released, their follow-up, Use Your Confusion
, featuring beats from both brothers as well as Stones Throw's Oh No
, among others, and recorded while the three continued their day jobs as teachers in New York City public schools, came out on Amalgam Entertainment.