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.
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.