Buck N' Nice

Ritual Nightclub, Ottawa ON, February 4

Buck N' NiceRitual Nightclub, Ottawa ON, February 4
Photo: Calum Slingerland
While the nation's capital isn't known across the globe as a hip-hop hotbed, Ottawa's group of producers, emcees and urban artists remain fiercely dedicated to their craft no matter the size of the scene. This passion and drive was put on display by Buck N' Nice, a producer (DJ So Nice)/emcee (SawBuck) combo who have recently risen through the ranks to become one of the city's most recognizable duos. Striding back and forth across the stage without ever missing a word, SawBuck remained focused on his delivery throughout the set, with his razor sharp wit and well-executed flows shining through as well as on his recordings.
Backing him up behind the decks was DJ So Nice, who took great care in mixing the evening's beat selection, dropping in a smattering of rap air horns and displaying some impressive turntablism skills. Making their set anything but your average hip-hop show, the duo brought along a pair of live drummers to add a little extra punch to the beats with an acoustic kit and an electronic kit handling samples. The duo demonstrated that apart from the city's hip-hop scene having skill, a sizeable streak of creativity exists as well.
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