R.I.P. Mr. Magic. Born John Rivas, Mr. Magic was one of the first Hip-Hop DJ’s on commercial radio in New York, and it is now being reported that he passed away from a heart-attack on Friday October 2nd, 2009. In 1983, he launched “Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack,” which featured DJ Marley Marl (for those of you who don’t know Mr. Magic, you might recognize him from this Notorious B.I.G. line from Juicy “Every Saturday – Rap Attack – Mr. Magic Marley Marl”). He went on to help found the Juice Crew (MC Shan, Marley Marl, Roxanne Shante, Biz Markie, Craig G, Kool G Rap, etc.), and was an inspiration to countless of the best in the game (B.I.G., Tupac, Nas & many many more). For those (youngins) who still don’t know Mr. Magic, perhaps you’ll recognize him as the voice of Wildstyle Radio on Grand Theft Auto’s “Vice City.”
He was a hip-hop pioneer, and will be missed.