Draztik

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Draztik
Birth name David Balsher
Born Francistown, Botswana
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Record producer
Years active 1999–present
Labels Unreleased Records
Associated acts Cashless Society, Young Nations, Blacwater, Whosane
Website unreleasedrecords.com

David Balsher (born 6 January), better known by his stage name Draztik, is a record producer, composer and rapper.

Career[edit]

Draztik was born in Botswana and grew up in Sacramento, California. He now is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Draztik is CEO and Label Manager for independent hip hop record label, Unreleased Records. Draztik has produced for various South African, Botswana and US hip hop artists. Draztik won the best producer award at the Botswana hip hop awards in 2005. Draztik is one of the original members of South African hip hop group Cashless Society. He along with fellow member Gemini produced their 1st studio album "African Raw Material Vol 1". He went on to produce their single "Hottentot Hop Bantu 1,2". In 2005 Draztik went on to produce Young Nations 1st studio album "Nations Uprising". He also produced Young Nations biggest song from the album "Zwakala Emzansi". The song samples South African group Stimela's "Zwakala".

His production credits includes Cashless Society, Young Nations, PDot O, Blaklez, F-eezy, Pro Kid, Zuluboy, Whosane, Flabba, HHP, Maggz, Silence Dem All, Doey Rock aka Mean Doe Green, Imbube, Oracle, Nomadic, Zeus, Apollo Diablo and Stagga.

His television and radio productions include producing the theme song and commercials for Jam Alley (Crew vs Crew), licensing songs in Yizo Yizo 3 Television Show, television commercial for CNN Inside Africa, and theme songs for Channel O – (Amplified & Call In). He also has produced commercials for South African Breweries, Independent Electoral Commission and FIFA 2010 pre-game commercial for Chile Vs Honduras.

Draztik has started working on his 1st studio album and solo mix-tape to be released in 2014. He is also working on finalising production for group Blacwater. The album will also be released on Unreleased Records in 2014 and will feature Balance, Shark Sinatra, Whosane, MXO and Young Nations.

Draztik has produced upcoming songs on Nveigh and PDot O albums to be released in 2014. In 2013 Draztik alongside South African producer Trompie set up a producers blog and website called The Beat Resource site.

Discography[edit]

  • Cashless Society – Blaze Tha Breaks Released on Fondle'Em Records – New York 18 July 2000
  • Cashless Society – Blaze Tha Breaks (EP) Released on Unreleased Records June 2001
  • Cashless Society – African Raw Material Vol 1 Released on Unreleased Records December 2003
  • Young Nations – Nations Uprising Released on Unreleased Records & Gallo Record Company October 2005
  • Pro Kid – Heads and Tales Released on Gallo Record Company May 2005
  • Imbizo Street Mixtapes Vol 1 Released on Unreleased Records August 2005
  • Zuluboy – Masihambisane Released on Native Rhythms EMI September 2006
  • Flabba – Nkuli vs Flabba Released on EMI October 2006
  • Hype Magazine Sessions Vol 16 – Young Nations – Graffiti Released 2007
  • Hype Magazine Sessions Vol 18 – Imbube – Qeda Indlala Released December/January 2008
  • Imbube – Hip Hop Theatre Released on Unreleased Records 16 June 2008
  • F-eezy – Skelem For $ale Released on Unreleased Records 27 July 2009
  • Young Nations – U.nited S.tates of A.frica (USA) Released on Unreleased Records 1 March 2010
  • 985 – Re-Dail 985 Released on Unreleased Records 1 March 2010
  • Pangaea – Black Diamonds 2010
  • BlacWater – Rebel Come Down feat. Young Nations & Lasro (1st Single From BlacWater) Released on Unreleased Records October 2010
  • Draztik Beats "Chasin Money" feat. Whosane Released 7 April 2011
  • DJ Lemonka – GC All Stars "The Hustle" feat. Lex, Scar, Touch, Samba-T & Tshepo Lesole Released 7 October 2011
  • BlacWater – The Truth feat. Shark Sinatra & Balance (2nd Single From BlacWater) Released on Unreleased Records October 2011
  • Draztik Beats "Money Man" feat. PDot O, Blaklez, Maggz & Marlon Released 17 October 2011
  • Hype Magazine – (DJ Fanatic) – DJ Lemonka – GC All Stars "The Hustle" feat. Lex, Scar, Touch, Samba-T & Tshepo Lesole Released February/March 2012
  • Draztik Beats "Certified Fireman" feat. PDot O, Blaklez & Whosane Released 15 March 2012
  • BlacWater – The Truth feat. Shark Sinatra & Balance (Video – 2nd Single From BlacWater) Released on Unreleased Records 20 March 2012
  • Draztik Beats – Certified Fireman feat. PDot O, Blaklez & Whosane (Video – TBA)
  • Draztik & Whosane – Slates In Released 10 December 2012
  • L.Tido – Praise (All or Nothing) Released October 2013
  • Nviegh feat. Whosane, Reason & Draztik – Let It Play – TBA
  • Nveigh – Rambo – TBA
  • PDot O – 4 corners – TBA

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