Witchdoctor (rapper)

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Birth nameErin Johnson
BornMarch 17, 1975 (1975-03-17) (age 45)
OriginAtlanta, Georgia
GenresRap, Hip-hop
Years active1995–present
LabelsArista, Koch, Williams Street

Erin Johnson (born March 17, 1975), better known as Witchdoctor, is a rapper who is an established member of Atlanta's Dungeon Family collective which includes members such as Goodie Mob, OutKast, Cee-Lo (originally of Goodie Mob), Big Rube, & many others. Witchdoctor owns and operates his own independent record label, Dezonly1 Records and has released six solo albums and a book of poetry, "The Diary of The American Witchdoctor".


Witchdoctor released his first album (A S.W.A.T. Healin' Ritual) in 1997 on Interscope Records.[1][2] All of the previous albums crafted by Dungeon Family members were group efforts, while Witchdoctor embarked on the weighty task of releasing the first solo LP by a member of this respected collective. The album featured several artists from the Dungeon Family such as Cee-Lo, Outkast, Goodie Mob and Cool Breeze. The album features varied content ranging from street life to spirituality. Anchored by the gritty single "Holiday" (produced by Rob McDowell and Emperor Searcy), the song was also featured extensively in the 1998 film, Bulworth starring Warren Beatty and included on the film's soundtrack, selling over one million copies as of 1999.[3] The remainder of the album was produced by Organized Noize Productions.

Witchdoctor's second album was "9th Wonder of the World" and was released as the first album on his label; "Dezonly1." The term Dezonly1, he says, represents an ebonic reference to "god". The 9th Wonder of the World Album features production by Witchdoctor himself as well as guest appearances by Dungeon Family artists Backbone and others. This independent release marked the beginning of Witchdoctor's career as a labelhead. Subsequently, Dezonly1 Records released four other albums, Gumbo Cookin, KING OF THE BEASTS, The God Iz Good Movement, and Escape 2 New York, which are sold around the world exclusively via Myspace.





  1. ^ Stanley, Leo "A S.W.A.T. Healin' Ritual Review", Allmusic. Retrieved November 16, 2013
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas "Witchdoctor Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved November 16, 2013
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2019-02-20.

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