Cokni O'Dire aka Jah CoknI, King CoknI, OTO and Uncle O Williams (born 1967 in Wembley, Middlesex Greater London, England) is a Ragga MC, DJ and hip hop artist best known for being a member of the original Scheme Team featured on the Rhyme Syndicate/Epic Records release of Divine Styler's Word Power.
Cokni was born in Wembley,Middlesex, England but was raised in various parts of New York. The first crew he joined was El Producto in Cambria Heights Queens where he was the Human B-Box for LL Cool J during the time when rhymed with the Albino Twins back in the early eighties. He battled many who wielded the art of oral percussion, one of which was Rahzel, in a competition judged by Biz Markie. Initially known for having a thick ragga inspired vocal style, he coined the phrase 'Shock Out' in the Los Angeles Hip hop dance circle during the years of 1989 and 1990. Cokni later joined Divine Styler In the Original Scheme Team, when Divine got signed to epic, and was featured on Divine's debut album Wordpower. After the Scheme Team had broken up and gone their separate ways, He went on to pursue a successful career as a turntablist and a music promoter promoting Reggae Dance Hall and Hip Hop for Delicious Vinyl Records. After contributing to various Drum and Bass and various Hip Hop tracks, he later had a short reunite with former Scheme Team member Divine Styler to contribute Vocals to House of Pain's last album, Truth Crushed To Earth Shall Rise Again and Divine Styler's Wordpower 2 album.
He had a radio program called The OTO Hour on KXLU Los Angeles. In the club scene he has become a staple as a resident DJ/MC of Chocolate Bar, KPL, Umoja Hi Fi and Positive Rhythm events. Currently he is featured on the French release of an Italian production called Allegro "Someone Else" featuring L.V. and Fresh Game. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas broadcasting an online radio show "Decent Something" which was formely on Beatminerz Radio and De La Soul's Dugout with DJ Maseo. Now he broadcasts independently from his home or wherever in the world there's WiFi. He been married since 1995 to the mother of his children with whom they have 2 daughters and a son.
- "CoknI O'Dire - Raggamuffin". cokniodire.com. CoknI O'Dire. Retrieved 5 November 2010.