John Rivas, widely known as the legendary Mr. Magic, has passed away yesterday morning from a fatal heart attack. The news of his passing spread nationally, as well as through Twitter, as it was first conformed by DJ Premier.
Given as an open letter to MissInfo.tv
, DJ Premier stated, "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....." Premier went on to state how Mr. Magic paved the way for DJs and hip-hop as Magic created the first rap show on commercial radio, "Rap Attack", with Marley Marl, on New York's WBLS radio station.
Mr. Magic was well respected by listeners and rappers, as well, as Magic's name can be heard on many classic hip-hop songs by the Notorious B.I.G. ("Juicy"), 2Pac ("Old School"), and Nas ("Halftime"). One of rap group Whodini's greatest hits, "Magic's Wand," is an early homage to the DJ.
From the early to late 1980's, Mr. Magic released over five volumes of compilations of many well-known rappers on "Mr. Magic's Rap Attack" (Profile Records). While he may have taken a break from the rap spotlight, in 2002, Mr. Magic hosted the fictional Wildstyle Pirate Radio on high-selling Rockstar video game "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City."
RapReviews.com extends our prayers and deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and those deeply affected by the permanent magic he left on hip-hop. Rest in Peace, Mr. Magic.