He played bass guitar in the punk and alternative rock bands SNFU and the Wheat Chiefs, in addition to recording his own hip hop and hard rock music in various incarnations. Later that year, he also joined the reconstituted SNFU, who soon signed to Epitaph Records and toured the world extensively. He served as the group"s bassist and harmony vocalist, adding numerous songwriting contributions and a lead vocal performance on "Gaggle of Friends" from the 1996 FYULABA album.
He opted to continue with the band in 1998 despite the loss of founding member Brent Belke and longtime drummer Dave Rees.
Johnson ultimately left SNFU in 2001 after nine years, shortly before the band began an extended hiatus. In 1999, Johnson began his hip-hop career under the Freshbread moniker.
He released the Big Boss Battle album in 2002. Later, he also formed the hard rock band Air Raid Siren with former SNFU drummer Sean Stubbs.