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  • Mr. Magic passes away (R.I.P.), One of B.I.G.'s influences growing up

    Rap legend from Biggie Smalls lionized him in his verse. And now, like B.I.G., he's gone. Remember that bit in Notorious B.I.G’s song “Juicy” that mentions “Every Saturday Rap Attack Mr. Magic Marley Marl”? He was referring to Mr. Magic AKA John Rivas, the man who almost singlehandedly made Hip Hop music mainstream.

    DJ Mr. Magic, one of hip hop's conduits to radio, died Friday of a heart attack. Born John Rivas, he launched and hosted the first all-rap radio show in the U.S. Titled "Rap Attack," the show debuted in 1983 on WBLS and quickly became an inspiration point for key players in hip hop. The show, which lasted six years, also featured deejay Marley Marl and Tyron (Fly Ty) Williams.

    At his peak, in the mid- to late '80s, Magic had a rivalry with Kool DJ Red Alert, who had his own show on WRKS. They each had their own rap groups. Magic's Juice Crew featured such key names as Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Kool G. Rap and Masta Ace.

    Mr Magic helped inspire budding stars like Notorious B.I.G. and Nas with early East Coast rhymes. In 1992, Nas immortalized Mr. Magic in "Halftime" while Biggie name-checked him in his classic track called "Juicy." It’s a sad day for Hip Hop.

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