Big Wiz, aka Nic Swisher, was born and raised in South Side Mpls. He has lived in MN all his life. He's been a Hip Hop student since the 80's. Wiz, as his good friends call, him started free style'n in the basement with Lyrical Productions and linked up with SP Styles in the late 90's, when he had just begun writing, recording and performing. Around 2000 he formed a group with life-long friend Tony Bones. He released his solo album, Words of Wizdom, to much fanfare in the first quarter 2009.
In 2002 he formed Long Doe Records, LLC. Together they built a strong presence in our local music scene and are ever expanding. Since starting they have independently produced 9 full length albums, 15 music videos, had features in magazine like WWS & 4Seen, done a number of local radio appearances , opened for a plethora of major artists, and peformed many major artist song features. They have secured a large arsenal under their belt working with the best producers, engineers, graphic artists, directors, photographers, club owners, the list goes on... all on an independent level.
He has seen a few accolades in his time on the scene: Big Wiz & Tony Bones received the best white rapper award in the First Annual Twin City Hip hop awards (2008). He was nominated for best album in the second annual Twin City Hip Hop Awards (2009), He received the 'Minneapolis Mayor' award in the 3rd Annual Twin City Hip Hop Awards (2010). A big photo shoot of the local Hip Hop legends will be featured permanently in the Minneapolis Art Institute. He has worked with names like Triple Seis of Terror Squad fame, a number of the Chicago legends like Twista, Do Or Die, Grammy award winning R&B singer Johnny P., Psychodrama, Devin the Dude, platinum selling artist Bizzy Bone and many more.