Hip Hop is once again in mourning for one of its ground-breaking DJs. My primary platform Allhiphop.com has confirmed confirmed that rap radio legend Mr. Magic passed away earlier today after suffering a heart attack. Back in the early 80s when the genre was really only just beginning to grow, ‘Mr Magic’s Rap Attack’ was a key factor in allowing it to really blossom.
The show, which began in 1983, also introduced the world to the young Marley Marl and went on to influence some of Hip Hop’s biggest artists, including the likes of Tupac Shakur, Nas, KRS-One and Rakim. Dr Premier, who today posted a tribute to Magic on his blog, also cites the innovative DJ as a huge influence, as “he paved the way for all radio stations that ever did mix shows.”
Mr Magic’s other considerable contribution to the culture was The Juice Crew, which he co-founded. The renowned Hip Hop collective featured a number of significant artists that were key in the development of the genre, such as Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie and of course Marley Marl.
Whilst it is of course important to show respect for this revolutionary DJ following his passing, it is also important to honour and remember his great contributions to our genre. There are a lot of artists and especially DJs today that would benefit from taking note of these absolutely pivotal developments in Hip Hop. Only by retracing the steps of our pioneering predecessors can we carve a new and exciting path for our culture.
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