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Legendary New York Hip-Hop DJ Mr. Magic Dies

Mr. Magic (born John Rivas), prominent hip-hop radio DJ. His radio program, Rap Attack, was the 1st exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station. His reign on the NYC airwaves lasted 6 years and was instrumental in broadening the scope and validity of hip-hop music. During the 1980s a rivalry began between Mr. Magic and Kool DJ Red Alert, who hosted a weekly show on another station. The feud also played out between proxy rap groups, the Juice Crew and BDP (The Bridge Wars). R.I.P.

Community Post: 12 Magazine Covers That Perfectly Sum-Up Hip-Hop's Golden Era

Das EFX ~ The two met at Virginia State University in 1991 and began performing together. Consisting of emcees Dray aka Krazy Drayz, born Andre Weston, (9/9/70; Teaneck, NJ) & Skoob aka Books, born William "Willie" Hines, (11/27/70; Brooklyn, NY). They named themselves "DAS" standing for "Dray and Skoob" and "EFX" meaning "effects". They rose to popularity in the early '90s due to their affiliation with EPMD's Hit Squad.