DRAZTIC of NU MAGIK
(November 2010) | Interviewer J-Double
Dubcnn recently had the opportunity to speak with windy city emcee and
Dubcnn alum Draztic about his upcoming projects, his new group, and the
moves he’s made in the industry since releasing his debut LP “Image of
Pain”, as well as his connection to the west coast. The Chicago MC discusses
the release of new material, his life, his music and fans overseas.
Read on and enjoy. As always feel free to hit up
the forum with questions or comments.
Download "Summer Magik" From The New LP: Here
Dubcnn: First off, thanks for taking the time to speak with us, I wanted to
ask if you could be so kind as to let our readers who may not be too
familiar with your music know your resume?
Thanks for the opportunity to speak with both you and Dubcnn as
well. I have been doing my thing for a minute now, but I initially dropped a
12” inch single years ago called “I Damage The Mic” independently, with
about 500 pieces of vinyl pressed up. The record made its way to Fat Beats,
then all around the world and it’s still getting major love today and
considered by most to be an underground classic.
I also dropped an album called the “Image Of Pain” a little under a year ago
on Jake Records, it was well received by both critics and fans alike. The
album featured vocals from Carla Henderson & Christine Taylor of Galaxy
Writers, who have both done work with producers like Chicago’s NO I.D and
Bryan Michael Cox just to name a few. Carla was also the chick on the hook
of the Ludacris single “How Low”, so it was definitely a blessing to have
them be apart of my first album.
Dubcnn: Your debut album “Image of Pain” was somewhat of a critical
success on the net, you were also a heavily featured artist on Myspace
Music, as well as “Artist of the Day” on Myxer.com, not to mention all of
the favorable reviews on the blogosphere about your album, but how has the
overall reception been since releasing the album?
The reception has been overwhelmingly great…. just the fact that people are
showing love is better than anything I could’ve ever imagined…
Dubcnn: Being that your last effort was released through indie label
Jake Records will they be releasing any of your upcoming projects?
Not at all, I am no longer affiliated with that label. I am however working
with another indie label Clickwest Entertainment for the next few projects.
Dubcnn: Well, I understand you have some new music under your belt,
as well as a new moniker “Nu Magik” let our readers know what that’s all
Well, I do have some new music dropping real soon. I’m heavy at work on my
next solo album, which is tentatively titled “Rhymes In The Key Of Life”, I
also have an album completed called “The
Vintage” that I did with a California based producer named
Deuce Maxwell, it was recorded under the name Nu Magik.
Deuce and I were once label mates during our stint at Jake Records, he’s a
real musical dude who’s worked with quite a few artists on the indie scene
like dubcnn favorites XL Middleton, and Clinton Wayne, not to mention
artists like El DeBarge Jr., as well as Smoke E. Digglera (from the R&B
group Playa), most recently he did production for an artist named Sabrina,
who I believe is dropping an album under the Hoopla Media imprint through
Universal...which is a real good look, but the dude put together some real
soulful music on the “Nu
Magik” album and I hope the fans appreciate it.
Dubcnn: Who are some of the artists you’ve worked with on the “Nu
Magik” project and when is it dropping?
On the Nu Magik album, we have features from R&B singer Smoke E Digglera, we
got Just Brea from the group Deep Rooted, a group that’s been all over the
web as well as MTV, we also got an amazing singer out of the U.K. named Blu
Smith, who’s holding us down. Of course we’ve got Sabrina on the album, we
got Royal Krown, who are known for their work with Above The Law and Kokane,
as well as my man Poppa Kahn from the group ‘True Legends’ out of Chicago
who is currently in talks with Def Jam about a release.
But to answer your other question the album is actually available now on
iTunes, and its been getting some serious love overseas and
were just trying to keep it moving to the U.S.
Dubcnn: Are there going to be any videos released from the album?
Yes, We have a video dropping soon for the track called “Summa Magik” the
video is going to be a real treat too, and Dubcnn will be the first to get
it when it drops, so stay tuned for that.
Dubcnn: When exactly will the next solo LP be dropping?
I’m still working on it right now, but I hope to be wrapping it up shortly,
it will be called “Rhymes In The Key Of Life” and it’s going to be major!
Dubcnn: In my opinion, based on the music I’ve heard from you thus
far, its safe to assume your style is rooted in what I like to refer to as
soulful hip hop, so with that being said what’s your take on the music
that’s being thrown out there by labels today?
I believe there is room for everybody as long as there is balance.
Dubcnn: Before we close out let our readers know how they can reach
out to you for features and/or collabos, etc.
Yeah, get at me through email for collabos and so forth…. or I can be reached
Dubcnn: Do you have any shout-outs, or last words before we close
Of course!! I want to send a shout-out to my man Deuce, My man Poppa Kahn, I
Jaaz Ali, Mars, Bounce, Christine Taylor & Carla Henderson, Phoebe Mac,
Brece, Trey, B-Rich, Profound & Mike B! This is my musical family right