Barbosa (also known as O, Felix Barbosa, O-Dogg), a native of Massachusetts, started out as one of those "internet emcees" you used to laugh at, polishing his verses along with the likes of Sankofa and C-Rayz Walz on the lyric boards of Fresh Finesse, Davey D and Fard's Temple (now known as Hip Hop Infinity).
Barbosa (also known as O, Felix Barbosa, O-Dogg), a native of Massachusetts, started out as one of those "internet emcees" you used to laugh at, polishing his verses along with the likes of Sankofa and C-Rayz Walz on the lyric boards of Fresh Finesse, Davey D and Fard's Temple (now known as Hip Hop Infinity). By 1997, he had become known as one of the best lyricists in cyberspace, winning several battles against some brutal competition.
With those notches in his belt, he began to start recording, starting with two very rough tracks, "The Renaissance" and "Barbosa In Effect" over instrumentals in the summer of 1997. He recorded a few more random tracks, then began stockpiling beats for his (tape only) debut, Coming Out Party, which dropped in the spring of 2000. While the sound quality and production were still second-rate, the lyrics were very much there. Tracks like "Coming Out," and "No Peers" (a solo remix of the "No Peers, No Pressure" track on HHI's first compilation) showed that on or offline, Barbosa was capable of chopping just about anyone's nuts off in a battle.
In 2002, he followed up with "Music To Hate By," which featured improved production from the likes of JB!! and Ryan Officer, as well as a more diverse sampling of songs. From his odes to masturbation (the cult classic "Nuts") and clove cigarettes ("Very Special") to the first of many shots ("Burn the Bush") fired at the current administration, O showed his versatility while not completely abandoning the vicious wit he displayed on his first effort.
By early 2004, when "Menagerie of Grief" came out, he was fully settled in the Chicago area and much more polished as an artist. His third LP was more political (the two-part, 11-plus-minute "Nyneleven" opus and "Fear Itself"), but also had its lighter moments, like "Hotness Pt. 3" and "Token Club Joint." Mastered by JB!! with production from Eroc, Ryan Officer and W. Steele, as well as guest appearances from the likes of Sev Statik and Lord Gemma, this was easily Barbosa's most thorough effort to date.
Since then, he's kept himself largely in the shadows working on other endeavors, coming out only to win the 2006 Spitmasters battle competition in his new home of South Bend, Indiana, and to record a couple of random verses. 2008 promises bigger things, as he's very slowly stockpiling material for a long-awaited fourth LP and making plans to compete in JumpOff.TV's World Rap Championships.
Those who have slept on him so far can continue to doze at their own risk.
GENRE: HIP HOP/INDIE/RAP
FROM: SOUTH BEND, INDIANA
INFLUENCES: Rakim, Nas, Eminem, Pharoahe Monch, Chino XL, De La Soul, Big L, Sev Statik
SOUNDS LIKE: I'm sure you'll compare it to something
MEMBERS: O (Barbosa). That's it. That's all. VAN damn.