DJ Magic Mike

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DJ Magic Mike
Origin Orlando, Florida
Genres Miami bass, Electro
Years active 1988–2012
Labels Cheetah Records, NMG Records, Magic, Represent, Newtown Records, Crown Records, K-Tel, Mo Wax, Down Low[1]
Members Michael Hampton

DJ Magic Mike (born Michael Hampton) from Orlando, Florida is one of the most pivotal Miami bass producers,[2] and the first platinum selling recording artist from Orlando, Florida.[3]

Career[edit]

Magic Mike made his debut in the world of Miami Bass productions when he met Miami based producer/rapper Rod Whitehead (of Pryme Tyme fame) in 1986. Rod enlisted Mike as a DJ for his upcoming projects on Miami's Suntown Records, but after Mike reviewed the deal offered by label owner Edward Meriwether, he left the label, project unfinished. Shortly after while performing cuts on the radio, he received a call from Beatmaster Clay D to add cuts on an upcoming project for rappers MC Cool Rock and MC Chaszey Chess. This resulted in his first recorded work, Boot the Booty. However, Mike often found himself in the producer's chair by default while working with Clay D, and always remained uncredited. During this period, he also was called into Vision studios to add cuts to songs he had no creative input on, such as Chilla Frauste's Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose and Popular Demand's Don't Clock Me.

After working for Clay D and Vision Records, he returned to Orlando and landed a solo deal with the then unknown Cheetah Records, releasing his first batch of solo singles in 1988. Those led to a full length album in 1989 entitled "DJ Magic Mike and The Royal Posse", which featured many guest crews and rappers all based on his production and turntable antics. His following album Bass is the Name of the Game in 1990 saw the Miami Bass genre reach a zenith both creatively and commercially.

Much like most other Miami Bass producers, Magic Mike's music was never exclusively Miami Bass, but also aimed for the traditional Hip-Hop market. Eventually, he teamed up with MC Madness as his primary rapper during his more Hip-Hop oriented days, although there was no exclusive deal for this, and Mike continued on, collaborating with artists such as Sir Mix-a-Lot and Techmaster P.E.B..

Despite his history with Miami Bass and his overwhelming catalog of straight ahead Hip-Hop, he's also made a mark in the Florida breaks scene, including a track titled "2001" while alongside D.J Infinity and the 2005 single release "Cowbell". A compilation featuring instrumental versions of many of his hits was published by Mo Wax.

Magic Mike currently plays every Friday Night at Blue Martini in his hometown of Orlando, Florida and House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Florida every Sunday. Magic Mike also continues to tour across the United States of America, as well as internationally.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1989 DJ Magic Mike & The Royal Posse Cheetah Records[1]
1990 Bass Is the Name of the Game Cheetah Records[1]
1990 Vicious Base: Back To Haunt To You Cheetah Records[1]
1991 Ain't No Doubt About It Cheetah Records[1] 37[4]
1993 This Is How It Should Be Done Magic[1] 40[4]
1993 Bass:The Final Frontier Magic[1]
1993 Cheetah's Bassest Hits Cheetah Records[1]
1994 Represent Magic[1] 26[4]
1994 Bass Bowl Magic[1]
1995 Outer Limits of Audio Fidelity Cheetah Records[1]
1996 Don't Talk Just Listen Cheetah Records[1]
1998 "Bad Boys of Bass" Crown Records[1]
1998 Bootyz in Motion K-Tel[1]
2000 Magic's Kingdom Restless[1]
2002 Bootyz in Motion II Down Low[1]
2012 Beyond The Magic EA Records[1]

Studio albums with The Royal Posse[edit]

Year Album Label Peak Chart
1989 DJ Magic Mike and the Royal Posse Cheetah Records[1]
1994 Represent Magic[1]

Studio albums with Techmaster P.E.B.[edit]

Year Album Label Peak Chart
1996 Back in Bass Newtown Records[1]
1998 Gods of Bass Newtown Records[1]

Studio albums with Vicious Base[edit]

Year Album Label Peak Chart
1990 Back to Haunt You! Cheetah Records[1]
1997 The Ghost Is Back Newtown Records[1]

Studio albums with MC Madness[edit]

Year Album Label Peak Chart
1991 Ain't No Doubt About It Cheetah Records[1]
1992 Twenty Degrees Below Zero Cheetah Records[1]

Compilations[edit]

Year Album Label Peak Chart
1991 Foundations of Bass Cheetah Records
2000 The Journey Mo Wax[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "DJ Magic Mike Discography". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  2. ^ "DJ Magic Mike Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  3. ^ "DJ Magic Mike, Orlando's Rap Maestro Branching Out". Orlando Sentinel. Howard Greenberg. September 11, 1994. Retrieved Jan 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "DJ Magic Mike Chart History". billboard. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 

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