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10-02-2009, 11:48 AM
By Nolan Strong
Legendary DJ Mr. Magic has died from a heart attack, AllHipHop.com has confirmed with various sources.



Mr. Magic was a legendary DJ who debuted in 1979 on a pay-to-play broadcast on WHBI 105.9's "The Mr. Magic Disco Showcase."



In 1983, he launched "Mr. Magic's Rap Attack," in New York City which featured a young DJ Marley Marl in addition to future Co-Chillin Record label owner Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams.



Mr. Magic, born John Rivas, 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, DJ Premier and countless others.



“He paved the way for all radio stations that ever did mix shows,” DJ Premier said via his blog. “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 “South Bronx” and “The Bridge is Over.”



Mr. Magic was featured as a DJ on 2002’s Grand Theft Auto’s fictitious radio station Wildstyle Pirate Radio.

ALCATRAZ
10-02-2009, 11:50 AM
rip to a nigga who helped pave the way !!! respect the legends who came first !!!

MaskedAvenger
10-02-2009, 11:52 AM
WTF? damn! How old was he? R.I.P

LORD NOSE
10-02-2009, 12:27 PM
Mr. Magic

WBLS


used to stay up mad late taping that show

Tecknowledgist
10-02-2009, 04:30 PM
damn...RIP

i guess as this culture starts to age we're going to start seeing a lot more legends go. its too damn bad

"i miss mister magic" is going to have a whole new meaning everytime i listen to illmatic now

oldie
10-02-2009, 07:44 PM
damn Hip-Hop lost yet another legend!

RIP MR Magic

crds
10-03-2009, 02:30 AM
WTF? damn! How old was he? R.I.P

I'm not sure but something like late 40's, early 50's.

R.I.P. Super Rocking Mr Magic aka Sir Juice

MaskedAvenger
10-03-2009, 02:53 AM
Damn, the bastards must be runnin outta niggaz to arrest

Yeah, ohh yeah, this goes out
to all the families that went through the struggle
Yeah, from the heart
It was from the heart, everything was real

djskillz
10-03-2009, 11:06 AM
R.i.p.

spiggity_ace
10-03-2009, 06:26 PM
Rip

Tito_Para Enfrente
10-04-2009, 04:12 AM
thats crazy . yup i remember him from vice city . rest in peace

crds
10-05-2009, 08:32 PM
WTF? damn! How old was he? R.I.P

53

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/03/arts/music/03magic.html?ref=music