Ozzie (real name?) (*December 12, 1967 in the Bronx, New York) also known as Little Man, King Of The Beats, and Ozzie The Showman is a beatboxer, commedian, and music producer.
Ozzie was born in the Bronx on December 12, 1967. He was the third child in the family and had three siblings, his older sister (name?), his brother (name?) and his younger brother (name?). His father was a TV man, and his mother was a housewife.
When he was still a child, his parents moved to Far Rockaway, Queens, where he grew up.
At the age of 5 he started to make sounds.
As his father played the bongos, percussive music was always present in the family. So Ozzie learned to play the bongos, too, and later also turned to the drumset.
From 1973(?) to 1978(?) Ozzie attended elementary school P.S. 197.
In 1978(?) Ozzie went to J.H.S. 198.
As a teenager Ozzie and Kenny Muhammad became friends, which mutually had a strong effect on both their styles. They also performed to gather in shows and underground battles on the street and subway stations (59th Street).
In 1981(?) Ozzie attended Far Rock High School.
His first performance was at the Beach Channel High School in the early 1980s.
He is the inventor of the Ozzie snare, which he taught Kenny Muhammed, who made it popular through his long lasting career. The Ozzie snare is the inward snare, which allows beatboxers to constantly beatbox without breathing interruptions as they can inhale some air with every Ozzie snare they produce in a rhythm. This technique has revolutionized beatboxing regarding speed and endurance.
Ozzie snare (inward snare)
Later (when?) Ozzie moved to Las Vegas and also works as a music producer there.