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Nickolas "Dr. Nick" Maez is a Hip-Hop artist from Magna UT. He emerged in the Salt Lake Hip-Hop scene in 2008, was met with typical opposition, but as one of the founding members of the Second Thoughts Crew he found himself determined to attain for his fellow M.C's as well as personally the recognition they desired.
After signing to Self Expression Music in 2011 Dr. Nick released the first of a three volume compilation called "The Poet-Tree Vol.1: The Seed" on April 27th 2012 featuring a plethora of local artists working together to produce quality music. In November of 2012, He released an E.P. of acoustic originals titled "Against the Grain", so named because instead of rapping the Doctor chose to sing.
After a long partnership with the Free Speech Syndicate, January 2013 marked The Doctor's Official inauguration into the local collective of artist's. Further more 2013 sees a productive year for the Doctor as he will be releasing three projects. The first is a Sublime acoustic cover album titled "The Charlie Dog E.P." to be released February 22nd, 2013. The Second Volume of the Poet-Tree to be titled "The Sprout" will be released on June 7th, 2013 and will feature an even more impressive guest list of local talent. The third project, "Revenge of the Nerd" will be the Doctor's first solo effort and will feature minimal guests. The expected release date will occur late fall of 2013.
In addition to rapping and singing, Doctor Nick is also an established host in the local Hip-Hop scene. Spending a year hosting The Monthly Mic Check (which was a monthly Hip-Hop showcase presented by JennDoe Photography which spotlighted many local act's as well as presenting Freestyle rap battles and an open cypher for M.C.'s to have an opportunity to express themselves in front of a crowd), also hosting the second stage dubbed The Mic Check 801 Take-Over (also presented by JennDoe Photography) at U92's SummerJam.
Starting Friday Feb. 8th, 2013, Dr. Nick will be hosting a monthly segment on KRCL 90.9 FM titled "The City's Best" which will highlight local Hip-Hop to the Salt Lake Valley.
In 2012, Dr. Nick jumped head first into Salt Lake's local Battle Rap scene. He has participated in several events that have been presented by Mic Master's Alliance, also helping upstart battle league AHAT UT with gaining a following.
Dr. Nick has performed all over the Salt Lake Valley and at many event's including SummerJam 2011 (presented by U92), The Monthly Mic Check, Hip-Hop Roots (SLC), SummerJam 2012 ( also presented by U92), The Lunar Music Festival and more. In May-June of 2014 the good Doctor will be touring the "Great" American Northwest, on a 10 day tour with four of Utahs finest Hip-Hop acts. Dubbed the "Searching for Sasquatch tour Its yet another milestone on the path to his dream.