Koxmoz has been the first Argentine hip-hop group to cross-over to the non-Spanish speaking worldwide audience thanks to their recent collaboration on Gotan Project latest album: Lunático. Even though the group’s name sounds new and unfamiliar to most, even in their hometown, Buenos Aires, their members have been involved in the hip hop scene for years and are very well known and respected within that circle.
Koxmoz was born from the ashes of La Organización, a dream-team of hardcore b-boys, graff writers and freestylers that back in the late nineties tried to bring true hip hop back to Buenos Aires, when the established scene was about to die for their lack of creativity and credibility. La Organización, also known as La Oz, was also a rap group and their new school style, mostly influenced by the underground New York sound and some French and Spanish rap, sounded nothing like the rest of the scene back then, where west-coast gangsta rap was the dominating trend. La Oz, as a rap group, changed the way rap music was made and understood in Argentina and generated a whole new breed of followers that despised the old mid-nineties scene.
Unfortunately, La Oz never got to release their first album. One of their members, Mustafa Yoda, decided to break up and pursue a solo career before finishing the recording of their debut. La Diferencia, La Oz’s debut, was only released as a bootleg and it’s a collector’s item for many nowadays. Mustafa, later released his solo CD which gave him huge recognition in Spain and Chile (the two widest markets for hip-hop in Spanish), besides his hometown.
The remaining two MC’s of La Oz were Apolo Novax (known also as one of the best b-boys in the country) and Chili Parker (a mysterious character who’s been involved in the scene since the mid nineties but always preferred to stay away from the spot-lights, thus his alter-egos name: The Secret Agent). Both reunited in 2002 with DJ Tortuga, also known as Kox-T, who was a long time guest collaborator of La Oz as a scratch DJ for their live shows but now he decided to take more responsibilities in the project and be their main beat producer. Koxmoz was born.
Tortuga is a legitimate pioneer in the Buenos Aires hip hop scene, having performed back in ‘92 as an MC for the founding fathers of the genre in this country, Los Adolfos. He was also part of several other projects like SK84Life and Tumbas, before dropping the microphone to focus his skills on the turntables and the mixing board. One year prior to the foundation of Koxmoz he released an instrumental hip hop/electronica album under the name Deep Taboo thanks to which the local press named him the Argentine DJ Shadow.
Nowadays, Koxmoz is the top artists in the small Argentine scene and Tarde O Temprano is their debut album, with three years in the making. Now it is finally available for the international market through the internet in an advance-cd format, including the main 16 tracks of the full version double CD released in Argentina.