every saturday rap attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl (c) Biggie.
Possibly like everyone in my age group, that was the first time I've ever heard about Mr. Magic, but being a true hip hop head, I did my homework and roughly 3 yrs ago I had the pleasure of watching him in action at a Boost Mobile Rock Corps concert at Radio City. It was a pandemonium when he stepped out. I will never forget that night.
Sad to say he passed away from a heart attack.
Mr. Magic was a legendary DJ who is credited with bringing rap to radio. Mr. Magic of "Mr. Magic's Rap Attack" When his show, "Mr. Magic's Rap Attack" debuted on New Jersey's WHBI in 1979, it was groundbreaking. For the very first time, rap music was being regularly played on the radio, and rappers and Djs who had previously relied upon live performances and homemade tapes could now hear their music on the air - as could anyone else who tuned in.
Born John Rivas, he was also a co-founder of the legendary Hip-Hop collective The Juice Crew, which featured Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Marley, Marl, MC Shan, Craig G., Kool G. Rap and Masta Ace. Mr. Magic’s radio show influenced countless of artists, ranging from rappers like Tupac Shakur, KRS-One, Biggie Smalls, Nas, Eric B. and Rakim and countless others. Mr. Magic was featured as a DJ on 2002’s Grand Theft Auto’s fictitious radio station Wildstyle Pirate Radio.
Rest In Peace Mr Magic.
Miss Medi Salutes you*