Hip-Hop Legend Mr. Magic Passes Away

Seminal New York radio personality Mr. Magic reportedly passed away earlier this morning from a heart attack.

Magic, born John Rivas, was the first on air disc jockey to have a hip-hop show on a major radio station. “Rap Attack,” on WBLS-FM, debuted in 1983 and along with helping to introduce hip-hop music to the mainstream, it is credited as the birthplace of the Juice Crew. Group leader, Marley Marl was featured on Magic’s show as the DJ and Tyron “Fly Ty” Williams was the producer.

DJ Premier issued a statement about Magic and his legacy earlier today. “I want to send out the utmost respect and condolences to the memory of John Rivas aka Mr. Magic,” the producer wrote. “He paved the way for all radio stations that ever did mixshows.”

“He was known for his direct and sarcastic attitude on the air and every artist wanted his approval when it came to breaking new records,” Preemo continued. “He even had songs dedicated to him by the legendary Whodini (“Magic’s Wand”)…Rest in Peace Mr. Magic.”

Outside of radio, Magic produced tracks the Force MD’s and put out several compilation albums. Later on in life he had a rap channel on popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. –Max G

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    RIP

  • Silly Chilly Willy

    Sorry for your loss, Hip Hop Nation!

    RIP Mr Magic

  • capcobra

    woooooorld premiere..mere….r.i.p champ.

  • SOMETHIN NEW

    MR. MAGIC
    THAT NAME RIGHT THERE WILL ALWAYS CARRY THE TRUE WEIGHT OF A PIONEER AND LEGEND IN HIP HOP MUSIC AND RADIO IN MY HEART FOREVER!!!!!!!

    R.I.P DJ MR.MAGIC

  • brand-new

    R.I.P mr.magic! what is up with 2009 and all of these celebrity deaths! it’s been a sad year!

  • iamlegend

    r.i.p. 2 a person who played an instrumental role in making hip hop what it is 2day.

  • Mitch

    R.I.P. “Mr. Magic”

    (I think you mean “seminal.”)

  • http://XXLMAG.COM IAMHIPHOP

    DAM!THATS A BIG LOSS.I GREW UP LISTENING TO HIS SHOW ON WBLS 107.9 NEW YORK.MR.MAJIC IS A LEGEND.REST IN PEACE.

  • Mutada/Mullah Atari

    Me and cousins use to jam his shit !! God bless the him and his family

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    I don’t know too much from Mr. magic other than what I read on here, but from what I’ve read, he’s really done his part in the beginning of the hip hop community. Rest in peace my brother; I wish other DJs of today would do what he did back then, breaking in artists and whatnot.

  • anutha_level

    2009…the year of death. RIP man.

  • GIBZ

    damn no way. RIP Sir Juice! U were a talent unmatched!

  • TUNED2IT

    …..r.ip.

  • Enphyrno

    R.I.P Mr. Magic. You went way too soon brah. 1love from NY to Germany

  • NAPTOWN NUISANCE

    r.i.p. i truely feel the loss.i didint know you or much about you.but for you to be a true cornerstone of the birth of hip hop on the radio displays what a loss the hip hop world took.2009-2007 is definitely been tragic years thus far, proof/pimp-c/mj/mr magic/and so on and so forth not to mention some great celebrities who have passed.

  • 92FS

    “It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up magazine, Salt n Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine, hanging pictures on ma wall, every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl!” R.I.P to a legend!

  • Crazy-S.

    We’re losing too many legends….I can’t believe this one either. My thoughts & prayers are with his family and all of hip hop

  • http://pimpinpens.blogspot.com enzo

    rip cuh

  • 11KAP

    R.I.P. to the brother. His radio shows used to crank!! WBLS!! 107.5.

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