Blackwell got his start as a disc jockey, eventually picking up a position supervising MYX Records, a division of Frontline Records. Upon leaving Frontline he founded N•Soul Records. By 1995 he had produced 11 projects for N•Soul Records and had acquired over 50 general market production credits. N•Soul became best known for the Nitro Praise series, which put praise and worship songs to various forms of dance music. He left N•Soul in 1999.