Mr. Magic: From Radios to Compilations

Mr. Magic: From Radios to Compilations

Radio no longer holds sway over the listening public in the way it once did. In part that’s due to everyone’s ability to copy and distribute music. But beyond that, there really aren’t too many figures willing to lay it on line, as a deejay, and play music that hasn’t been sanctioned. Of course, corporate playlists have more than a bit to do with that. Even if that weren’t the case, figures like Mr. Magic really just don’t exist anymore. New music isn’t broken on the radio, but it was when Magic was playing records in New York during the eighties. And oddly enough, Marley Marl was one of his underlings.

At the same time Magic run his show – and issued a number of compilations bearing his own name and a few of his own tracks- the Bridge Wars kicked up in the Bronx with Marl being a key figure. Becoming a stratified environment didn’t come to impact Magic’s work on air, he continued his post in one form or another into the new millennium and even made an appearance in one of the Grand Theft Auto video games.

Either way, his early Mr. Magic’s Rap Attack compilations in addition to the Stones Throw disc The Third Unheard (Connecticut Hip Hop, 1979-1983) cement the man’s legacy a few years after his death. Magic remains a rather unknown figure outside of East Coast circles. But his influence far outstrips even the reach of the aforementioned compilations. His own recordings might not have actually been magic, but cool nonetheless.