Mr. Magic dies of heart attack

    One of radio’s rap pioneers, Mr. Magic, has signed off for good.
    MTV News reports that rap the DJ, born John Rivas, died of heart attack Friday.  There is no word on how old her was at the time of his passing.
    According to, Mr. Magic made his radio debut in 1979 with “The Mr. Magic Disco Showcase.” By 1983 he’d begun enchanting New York listeners with his hit show, “Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack,” which was so beloved that Notorious B.I.G. put it in his song “Juicy.” He hosted the show with DJ Marley Marl and Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams.
    But he did more than just spin records, he created them as part of the Juice Crew. The group included members like Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane and Roxanne Shante.
    For those that don’t recognize him from his illustrious career, you may have spotted him in  2002’s Grand Theft Autio. He was featured in the game as the DJ of Wildstyle Pirate Radio.



    — Sonya Eskridge




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