I Got to Have It, I Miss Mr Magic… (Nas)

Science dropped by Martini & Jopparelli. Oct-02-2009

Mr MagicDamn! After Grandmaster Roc Raida another legend has passed away: Mr Magic!


What a bad year indeed! We want to remember a true pioneer with this old mix posted almost two years ago and with this interview:

Jay: What year was that?
Magic: Hmmmm, ah, ’77?
Jay: Wow, that long ago? And what other hip hop was on the radio at that time?
Magic: Wasn’t no hip hop.
Jay: So yours was the first hip hop show on the radio?
Magic: Even when I first went into radio, it wasn’t really called hip hop, it was called disco.

Read the rest here:

Part One: How it all started

Part two: Why we dissed KRS

Part three: The state of the Union

10 Responses to “I Got to Have It, I Miss Mr Magic… (Nas)”

  1. djmp45 says:

    not sure about the first video , but the second one i’m 100% sure it’s not the same mr.magic as the one that sadly died

  2. djmp45 says:

    discogs is wrong sometimes is like wikipedia

  3. Actually, I don’t know…read this review of The Third Unheard Connecticut Hip Hop by Stone Throw:

    It took over 20 years, but Connecticut is finally being recognized for its contributions to rap. A long time, to be sure, but understandable when you’re in the shadow of New York, ground zero of the hip-hop bomb, and Sylvia Robinson’s Sugar Hill Records empire in New Jersey. Plus, New York has never had any scruples about culling talent from the rest of the globe to feed its culture jones. Case in point: Tony Pearson (aka Mr. Magic) is best known as New York’s first all-rap radio DJ, but before he was gobbled up by the big city, Magic was the Connecticut rap impresario who made Third Unheard possible. To be fair, it was Connecticut’s proximity to New York that allowed them to be among the first to fall sway to the newest form of party music. In the late ’70s, Magic was a record store owner and promoter with an ear for disco and funk when he heard Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rap.” The song changed his musical outlook and left Magic determined to release the first rap record from Connecticut. The results were released as “Rappin’ With Mr. Magic” and it was clearly the work of an impassioned amateur, but its naïve charm is palpable even 20 years on. And charm is what keeps Third Unheard going. The secret weapon of the comp is 12-year-old Pookey Blow, nephew to Magic, who steals the show with his slurred delivery on “Get Up (And Go to School)” and shows up again with Magic for the highly rated “Earth Break,” but he is far from the only bright moment here. From the utterly bizarre and singular “Ventriloquist Rap” of Willie Brown and, yes, his dummy Woody, to the tuneless-yet-still-compelling chorus of the Outlaw Four’s disco-rap “Million Dollar Legs,” Third Unheard is refreshing for its lack of formula and its exuberance. Topping the history on the disc is a well-researched essay from comp producer Egon in the accompanying booklet, which is packed with photos.

  4. djmp45 says:

    the strange thing is that the radio personality real name was John Rivas, while the one that released those disco rap was called Tony Pearson, which sounds like two different persons.
    from Freddy Fresh “the rap records ” book (talking about Magic records releases): “these Mr.Magic records are not rapped by the Mr.Magic of WBLS Radio NYC and are extremely rare”.

  5. djmp45 says:

    anyway that’s some banging disco rap!

  6. Marl-78 says:

    The first poster is correct – there are two different Mr. Magics.

    The second video is Mr. Magic, real name Tony Pearson, from Connecticut and is NOT the one who died. Tony Pearson was behind the Tri State Records label whose releases are featured on The Third Unheard compilation. The quoted review falls victim to an often repeated error – he is not connected to the Rap Attack or any other NYC radio show (the confusion is also briefly mentioned in the liner notes to The Third Unheard compilation).

    The Mr. Magic who died, real name John Rivas, is the one from New York City and the more famous of the two. He is the one known from the Rap Attack radio show and was affiliated with the Juice Crew. The first video might feature him – not sure.

  7. Tub Chair · says:

    party musics are always groovy and danceable, we love to dance to the beat of party musics ..