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Mr. Magic's Rap Attack. An important figure in the world of hip-hop radio, Mr. Magic debuted in 1983 on WBLS-FM in New York City with the first exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station. Billing itself as Rap Attack, Magic's show featured Marley Marl as the DJ and Tyrone "Fly Ty" Williams as the show's co-producer. You can get down on it via this classic episode (realmedia) from December 1986, courtesy of WFMU's Aircheck archives.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese (23 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
He was also one GTA Vice City's "Wildstyle."
posted by j-urb at 8:49 PM on December 21, 2006


Even though I really don't care for rap and hip-hop, except when it is incidental to something else, like as movie soundtrack, I love the history of it. Go figure. Thanks!

And I want to take this opportunity to say that Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese is my favorite name on MeFi. I am so tired of static, non-adjustable cheese.
posted by The Deej at 8:50 PM on December 21, 2006


I love his voice, so up in your face but without being threatening.
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 9:07 PM on December 21, 2006


Mr. Magic was one of the finest djs evah! I loved him in the day, and I am loving FMU's replays even more. Early hip hop had a freshness that today's product lacks, and I learned about it all from Mr. Magic.
posted by caddis at 9:07 PM on December 21, 2006


(of course how long before some pathetic poser comes along to shout, "sucks"?)
posted by caddis at 9:10 PM on December 21, 2006


It was all a dream
I used to read Word Up magazine
Salt'n'Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin' pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
posted by PeterMcDermott at 9:21 PM on December 21, 2006


Nice catch, Mr. McDermott. Unfortunately, "Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade" hasn't aged quite as well.
posted by dhammond at 9:28 PM on December 21, 2006


So... you're saying this is where the plague that is rap/hip-hop started?
posted by Doohickie at 9:33 PM on December 21, 2006


Talk to the hand, hick.
posted by rocketman at 9:46 PM on December 21, 2006


23 minutes.
posted by dhammond at 9:49 PM on December 21, 2006


All I can say is a) yeah and I was waiting for that kind of comment

and b) "Talk to the hand, hick." is the best name for a UPN show I have ever heard.
posted by drjimmy11 at 9:52 PM on December 21, 2006


I'm a big fan.
posted by Divine_Wino at 10:12 PM on December 21, 2006


"hasn't aged quite well?" what are you, a fucking schlep?
posted by phaedon at 11:21 PM on December 21, 2006


Nice the be able to hear this.
Was a bit young (5) and also a few thousand miles away at the time.
posted by ST!NG at 1:55 AM on December 22, 2006


gah. the=to
posted by ST!NG at 1:58 AM on December 22, 2006


Heh. So much for my music cred. I thought he was a character made-up for GTA:VC.

Great post.
posted by bardic at 2:55 AM on December 22, 2006


Great post - I love Mr. Magic's Rap Attack.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 6:33 AM on December 22, 2006


He also put out a bunch of singles as an MC, pick up this compilation for more of his story: The Third Unheard: Connecticut Hip Hop 1979-1983

Great album too, by the way.
posted by Jeff_Larson at 7:44 AM on December 22, 2006


*talks to Señor Wences' Pedro*

Hickie: I don't like rap, is that okay?
Pedro: s'alright
posted by Doohickie at 8:58 AM on December 22, 2006


To sorta continue on Peter's rhyme, and to show how some rap hasn't aged well, I present - RAPPIN' DUKE! (Shawn Brown 1984)
posted by ernie at 10:02 AM on December 22, 2006


phaedon: ""hasn't aged quite well?" what are you, a fucking schlep?"

Did you have a point in there somewhere, phaedon?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:48 PM on December 22, 2006


i just took dhammond's comment to consist of a really ignorant derail.
posted by phaedon at 6:12 PM on December 22, 2006


i just took dhammond's comment to consist of a really ignorant derail.

That wasn't my reading. I think he was trying to say that a line that once worked in its original context is problematic as a consequence of subsequent historical events.

Neither ignorant, nor a derail, IMO.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:04 AM on December 24, 2006


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