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Twiztid celebrating 20 years of Ninja Magik

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Paul "Monoxodide Child" Methric is "blown away I haven't had to work a job in 20 years."

That doesn't mean the rapper -- who formed the Livonia-based Twiztid in 1997 with fellow MC Jamie "Madrox" Spaniolo -- hasn't been working, however. Hard The duo has spent the past two decades not only making music (11 studio albums, including this year's "The Continuous Evilution of Life's ?'s," 10 EPs, seven compilations and a mixtape) but also building their Magik Ninja Entertainment into a self-contained, multi-faceted empire that's home to other artists and also makes films and other products, from apparel to soft drinks.

But Methric, 43, is loathe to call any of that a job.

"I'm not going in to punch a clock, 9 to 5, y'know?" he says by phone. "When I grew up, that was actually making it; Just having a 9 to 5 you were doing really good. But we took a chance at the right time.

"And we never take it for granted. Every day is like the first day, so to speak; We don't really have a chance to sit back and actually look at what we've done and what we've been part of. I guess we'll do that when it's all done."

Methric figures he and Spaniolo are a long way from that, however. The two have taken a card from their original musical home, Insane Clown Posse's Psychopathic Records, and now juggle a variety of projects with Magik Ninja, housed in an industrial facility Twiztid calls "the dojo." Twiztid is finalizing a script for a horror movie it hopes to put into production this year, and it has a comic book series slated to start later this year. There are also customized soft drinks -- Redrum Strawberry Soda and Sour Apple Sludge -- and plans to release another 10 CDs this year, including Twiztid's Triple Threat project with Blaze Ya Dead Homie.

"We're really pushing the other artists," Methric explains. "That was the whole point of us getting our record out in the first quarter, so we can take a back seat almost and show the world what this record label is all about." And truth be told, Methric says it's the behind-the-scenes machinations of Magik Ninja that excited him even more than putting on his war paint and performing in Twiztid.

"What I've found is that I love the busliness aspect of the music business," says Methric, who was about to take a $17-an-hour tow truck job 20 years ago when Spaniolo proposed the idea of forming Twiztid. "I love music, but I don't really like making music; It was something I did 'cause my friends were doing it.

"But I am infatuated with the business aspect of it. That's where my love and passion is. I took pride in learning every nuance of the business. I used to get talked to by management and wouldn't know what they were saying; Now I know more than they do, and I love It. I just want to learn more and do more."


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