MC OJ and Rhythm Slave Profile

aka Otis Frizzell, Mark "Slave" Williams
Gareth Shute
20 Aug 2013

MC OJ and Rhythm Slave arrived with the first wave of New Zealand hip-hop in the late 80s. They were white kids from Ponsonby who were unafraid to get up in front of any crowd and get it moving.

The party raps on their first album were hard to take too seriously, but they won the respect of their peers with their relentless enthusiasm for hip-hop. Their reputation was solidified when they hooked up with producer DLT and began doing heavier, reggae-influenced tracks as Joint Force. Yet after one EP, the pair largely retired from MCing and moved onto other projects, even while continuing to draw inspiration from the hip-hop culture that they loved.

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Rhythm Slave, MC OJ
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Joint Force - Burntime
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Mark "Rhythm Slave" Williams live outside Marbecks, Queen Street, 1991
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Otis Frizzell artwork, Sydney 1990
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Joint Force - Static
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Monitor, May 1991
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Rhythm Slave and OJ, with MC Sole-E in the background
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Interview with DLT, OJ & Slave - Joint Force, 11 May 1995. Directed by Ross Cunningham.
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MC OJ & Rhythm Slave supporting MC Hammer, March 1991
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1990
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Early Otis and Slave
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MC OJ & Rhythm Slave live
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Joint Force doing the stuff they were famous for
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Interview with MC OJ & Rhythm Slave, Otis Frizzell & Mark Williams, 1994. Directed by Ross Cunningham.
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Mount Maunganui, January 1992
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On stage times, De La Soul, Auckland Town Hall, 1991
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Joint Force - Otis Frizzell, Mark 'Slave' Williams and Darryl 'DLT' Thomson
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Otis Frizzell, Mark Williams
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It's Hammer time!
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1992 Doys In The Hood party with MC OJ & Rhythm Slave, Teremoana, Projector Mix, Leaders Of Style, Colony, Stinky Jim, Moana & The Moahunters and others, Symonds Street, Auckland
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Body Rhymes (Protect Yourself) - MC OJ and Rhythm Slave front page on the Auckland Star, May 30, 1991
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Otis and Mark on Base FM, Auckland mid-2000s
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Money Worries
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MC OJ & Rhythm Slave at Mt. Maunganui, January 1992
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Joint Force with Danny D, Roger Perry, Mark 'Rhythm Slave' Williams (back), Otis 'MC OJ' Frizzell (front), Fred 'Jazz Man' Harrison, and Darryl 'DLT' Thomson
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MC OJ & Rhythm Slave, Mount Maunganui, January 1992
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Otis Frizzell with artwork, Sydney 1990
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Live at The Powerstation 1992
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Labels:

Southside Records


BMG

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Hallelujah Picassos - MC OJ and his boots / Picassos Core
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Trivia:

Bobbylon from Hallelujah Picassos sang the choruses of two tracks on What Can We Say? When the Picassos heard Otis rapping about his Dr Martens, they responded with their own track, MC OJ and His Boots (off their 1993 album Drinking With Judas).

Since 2006, Mark Williams has been regularly performing live with Fat Freddy’s Drop. He also directed a number of their videos and their DVD, Fantastic Voyages, and has helmed music videos for Ladi6, Tiki Taane and Bulletproof.

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Members:

Otis Frizzell - MC

Mark Williams - MC

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