Jamie Drastik

Jamie Drastik

 Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
BandHip HopPop

Biography

With “the realest” being a brand every rapper is etching into their skin and equally their lyrics, Jamie Drastik’s authenticity comes without having to embed such claims into his music. Growing up in Upstate New York, Drastik was exposed to the aftermath of second hand smoke from Woodstock and the dirty hype of New York City. Channeling these and other influences yielded the independent success of his records "Now or Later" and "Boom I Got Your Girlfriend". His blustering and nimble rhymes soon attracted the attention of rapper Pitbull and landed him a deal with Pitbull's record label, Mr. 305 Inc.
 
Jamie Drastik’s first mixtape, The Magnet, displays his ease on a mic and comfort in his own skin. Not following the route so many up and coming artist take, faking Youtube hits and unrealistic Twitter followers, The Magnet was appropriately named after the natural attention it was sure to attract. Rightfully gathering music blog popularity, The Magnet was listed as one of the Top 10 mixtapes of 2010 on HYPERLINK"http://thisis50.com/"Thisis50.com.
 
Having already headlined his own 15 city tour titled I will Rap for Beer, Drastik’s trail of success extends to performances in Dallas, Texas for Super Bowl XLV events, at New York’s high profile radio station Hot97’s "Who's Next Live" showcase, SXSW Music Festival, and South Padre Island's Spring Break events. The talented lyricist and performer has collaborated with Fat Joe, Pitbull, Fabolous, Kelly Rowland, Heat Makers, Cool and Dre and Drew Money. Drastik has also shared the bill with acts such as Three 6 Mafia, Yung Joc, Ying Yang Twins, New Boyz, and Shontelle.
 
The release of Drastik’s second mixtape Cocaine and Champagne has landed him high profile features from rap veteran Fat Joe and mentor/rapper Pitbull. The soul-baring reflection track “Save Me” on family and the industry is his first official single. Featuring Pitbull, the single contains a chorus sung sample from the classic Oasis "Wonderwall" and is now getting airplay across the country. Fat Joe shows up on Drastik's "One Hundred and Ten," which proves to be an energetic anthem with aggressive guitar riffs.
 
In a time when Wiz Khalifa's lazy, meandering stoner style is the crowd favorite, Drastik's crisp and relentless verses are a refreshing change of pace. Drastik's heavy-hitting drawl is honest and self-assured on Pitbull’s “Castle Made of Sand” featuring Kelly Rowland as he offers accolades to both his small-town roots and the mentor who discovered him. As an up-and-comer with a charismatic flow and a hip hop heavyweight backing the operation, Jamie Drastik’s popularity continues to soar as the New York native earns his spot in mainstream music alongside and apart from international stars.