Mr. Magic, a popular disc jockey known for bringing hip-hop music into the mainstream, has died.
Mr. Magic, whose real name is John Rivas, died of a heart attack on Friday. Mr. Magic debuted his show, Rap Attack, in 1983 on WBLS-FM in New York City. This was the first exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station, according to Wikipedia. He reportedly inspired acts such as Notorious B.I.G. and Nas.
In more recent years, he was featured as a DJ for an in-game radio station on the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
A message was released to the media by DJ Premier on Friday regarding Mr. Magic’s passing:
I WANT TO SEND OUT THE UTMOST RESPECT AND CONDOLENCES TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN RIVASâ€”-aka MR. MAGIC
HE PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING OF A HEART ATTACKâ€¦..
TRUE HIP HOP HEADS KNOW THAT HIS HISTORY IS SO LONG
DUE TO HIM BEING THE FIRST RAP MIXSHOW TO EVER BE ON COMMERCIAL RADIO ON NEW YORKâ€™S WBLSâ€“(107.5) WITH MARLEY MARL AND FLY TY IN 1982-1984â€¦â€¦.THEN WENT ON TO WHBI IN OCTOBER OF 1984 AND THEN
BACK TO WBLS in 1985 and WDAS in Philly SIMULTANEOUSLY
HE PAVED THE WAY FOR ALL RADIO STATIONS THAT EVER DID MIXSHOWS AND ALSO SPARKED THE CAREER OF BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS DUE TO THE DISS HE SHOWED WHEN THEY CAME TO SHOP THEIR DEMO TO HIM AND WAS TURNED AWAY WHICH THEN SPARKED â€œSOUTH BRONXâ€ AND â€œTHE BRIDGE IS OVERâ€â€¦â€¦.
HE WAS KNOWN FOR HIS DIRECT AND SARCASTIC ATTITUDE ON THE AIR AND EVERY ARTIST WANTED HIS APPROVAL WHEN IT CAME TO BREAKING NEW RECORDSâ€¦â€¦..HE EVEN HAD SONGS DEDICATED TO HIM BY THE LEGENDARY WHODINIâ€“(â€MR. MAGICâ€™S WANDâ€) WHICH WAS SURPRISINGLY PRODUCED BY ONE OF MY FAVORITE ARTISTS THOMAS DOLBYâ€¦â€¦.
SHOUTS OUT TO MARLEY MARL AND FLY TY FOR THE CORRECT INFORMATION ON THISâ€¦â€¦
REST IN PEACE MR. MAGICâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.DJ PREMIER