“I Miss Mr Magic” – A Rockstar RIP Dedication to a True Radio Pioneer

Posted on October 2 2009, 7:56pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music

We here at Rockstar were tremendously saddened to hear of the loss of the legendary DJ Mr Magic – the first ever rap radio DJ (WBLS and WHBI NYC, 1982-1989). 

Those of us “superlisteners”, “fly girls and fly guys, troopers and troopettes” that grew up with the genre in NYC in the 80’s will forever remember those late nights tuning in to hear Magic drop his “super super blast blast” world premieres.

Grand Theft Auto IV’s DJ Premier eulogized the man best in a personal letter he released this morning:

I want to send out the utmost respect and condolences to the memory of John Rivas---- aka Mr. Magic.

He passed away this morning of a heart attack.....

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 York's WBLS --(107.5) with Marley Marl and Fly Ty in 1982-1984.......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 "South Bronx" and "The Bridge Is Over".......

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........ he even had songs dedicated to him by the legendary Whodini -- ("Mr. Magic's Wand") which was surprisingly produced by one of my favorite artists Thomas Dolby.......

Shouts out to Marley Marl and Fly Ty for the correct information on this......

Rest in peace Mr. Magic............. DJ Premier

Magic was a true pioneer – as well as a gentleman and class act.  Our condolences to the entire Rivas family.

Grand Theft Auto fans that would like to reminisce on Mr Magic’s memorable contribution to the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack, a snippet here:


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