Magic (rapper)

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Magic
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Background information
Birth name Awood Johnson
Born (1975-08-16)August 16, 1975
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died March 1, 2013(2013-03-01) (aged 37)
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States
Genres Hip hop, southern rap
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1998-2013
Labels No Limit, BANX ENT , Priority Records , Universal Records
Associated acts 504 Boyz, Master P, Busta Ryhmes, Snoop Dogg, Mystikal, Body Head Bangerz, Choppa, C-Murder

Awood Johnson (August 16, 1975 – March 1, 2013), better known by his stage name, Magic (or Mr. Magic), was an American hip hop recording artist from New Orleans, Louisiana, perhaps best known for his stint with No Limit Records in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Early life and education[edit]

Magic was born and raised in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans in August 16, 1975, Awood Johnson first made his name in New Orleans' underground circuit performing in talent shows and in a local group. Seen by rapper C-Murder he suggested that Master P sign him to No Limit Records. He was intended to become part of TRU, but Master P decided that he instead rap solo on the parent label. Magic first made his appearance on C-Murder's songs "Picture Me" and "Watch Yo Enemies" on his 1998 album Life or Death.

Career[edit]

Magic's released his solo studio album debut, Sky's the Limit, in 1998, which reached #15 on the Billboard 200. In 1999 Magic released his second solo studio album Thuggin' which featured his hit singles " That's Me" and " Ice on my Wrist" with Master P, which had minor success, peaking at #30. Following poor sales of his third studio album, White Eyes (#147), in 2003, along with the departure of many of No Limit's marquee artists and the label's overall decline, Magic severed his relationship with No Limit. He released his fourth and final solo album, the non-charting On My Own, on Koch Records just five months after his split from No Limit.

Magic joined fellow New Orleans native Choppa and former boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. to form the group Body Head Bangerz, who released their only album in 2004, Body Head Bangerz: Volume One, and had a minor hit with "I Smoke, I Drank."

Magic then secured a deal with TVT Records in 2006, but left without ever releasing any material. He formed his own label, Banx Entertainment, in 2011.

Death[edit]

On March 1, 2013, Magic and his wife Chastity were killed in a fatal car accident in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Their twelve-year-old daughter, Twila, was the lone survivor.[1]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Magic discography
Studio albums
Year Album Chart Positions
US US Hip-Hop
1998 Sky's the Limit 15 3
1999 Thuggin' 28 8
2003 White Eyes 147 37
2003 On My Own - 54
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fensterstock, Alison (March 2, 2013). "New Orleans rapper Awood 'Mr. Magic' Johnson has died". The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 

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