R.I.P. Mr. Magic

October 3rd, 2009

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I was reading the NY Times this morning when I ran across this obituary for rap DJ Mr. Magic.  I’ve always liked old school rap, but I must admit I’m no rap historian and I’d never heard of Mr. Magic or his radio show.  What caught my attention more was the role he played in getting rap music on commercial radio.  I had no idea.  I follow hip hop music a bit, but I must admit not as closely as rock.  Mr. Magic was clearly a key player in the early days of rap, but my ignorance regarding his contributions goes to show you that there are many people (DJs, tastemakers, journalists, publicists, etc.) who contribute to a genre’s success with little or no recognition beyond the most avid followers.  So the next time you see another band on Figment succeeding in an area you feel you carved out or helped promote, don’t be jealous, know you did your part to make it happen and in doing so created more opportunity for your existing bands or ones you’ve yet to dream up.

R.I.P. Mr. Magic

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