Former No Limit affiliate Magic recently inked a deal with TVT Records and plans to drop his first project with the label, entitled Before & After, in 2007. The New Orleans native and son of local Jazz fixture Awood Johnson made his entrance into the music industry when he inked a deal with C-Murder’s Tru Records imprint in 1998. Hailing from the Ninth Ward, which was devastated during last year’s Hurricane Katrina, Magic made a name for himself on the New Orleans underground scene and later as a member of No Limit super group the 504 Boyz. He was soon moved from C-Murder’s label over to his brother Master P’s No Limit, although his stay there was relatively short-lived.
He eventually left No Limit at a time when several artists were jumping ship, allegedly because of Master P’s business practices. With the move to TVT, Magic hopes the clean slate will allow him to achieve the mainstream success that eluded him at No Limit. “In the past I’ve been in some bad label situations, which has held my music back. But with TVT Records behind me, I can finally make the mark on this industry I know I was meant to make,” he said in a statement. TVT President Steve Gottleib added, “The talent coming out of New Orleans has always been great, but Magic has a real raw power in his voice and raps that will connect with fans all over the country. Magic has a real story to tell and the talent to make people listen.”