R.I.P. Brian Joiner - April 5, 1985-October 21, 2009


brian2 R.I.P. Brian Joiner   April 5, 1985 October 21, 2009

On October 21, 2009, a good friend to myself, my family, the whole Empire family, and countless others, passed away at his home in Nevada.  Details are scarce at this point, and as such, circumstances are unknown.  Brian, or Tweek, as he was known on the forum, was a great person.  I personally knew him since 2004, when he arrived at Pope AFB in Fayetteville, NC for his first duty assignment.  There, I had the opportunity to work with him, and hang out with him outside of work quite often as well.  He was always a good friend to everybody.  The kind of friend who, if you needed a little help with anything at all, would drop everything to come give you a hand.  After Pope, he ended up getting stationed in England, so we were short one of our partners back in Fayetteville.  But, me & Brian still kept in touch as we hopped all over the world, as is usually the situation in the military.  As we ended up at this point, Brian stationed in Nevada, and me in Florida, we would converse on the weekend, talking about whatever insanity was going on in the circus that was our job, or outside of work, or whatever.  Maybe play some video games, or anything.  Laugh about the old times back in NC.  Now, so many people in so many places find themselves short a friend, brother, or son, whatever each individual case may be.  I know I speak for the whole Empire when I say you will be sorely missed, Brian.  I would also, on behalf of myself and the Empire, like to offer the condolences of the entire Empire to Brian’s parents, grandparents, siblings, entire family, his friends, and others who knew him.  I would encourage everyone to focus on the good times we all had with Brian (God knows there were far too many to count…lol).    The pain that everyone feels from the loss of Brian, as terrible as it is, will heal, though it may not seem so.  Let us all celebrate the life of a great human being, and an even better friend.  As we all know, Brian was all about making people laugh, which he was good at doing.  To quote a good friend of myself and Brian, Dan Galloway, “You know he’s somewhere cracking someone up, right now…”  And that is how I will always remember Brian.  Great guy, with an awesome sense of humor, always there for you, in any situation.  Again, our condolences to everyone who knew and loved Brian.  May you rest in well-deserved peace Brian.  You’ve earned it.  We will NEVER forget you…

Emory, Jason, James, & Travis

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~Mistajay~

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R.I.P. Mr. Magic


Birth name John Rivas
Also known as Sir Juice
Super Rocking Mr. Magic
Born ?
Origin U.S.
Died October 2, 2009
Genres Hip hop
Occupations DJ
Years active 1979-2002
Labels Magic_Records
Associated acts Marley Marl
Juice Crew

Mr. Magic (died October 2, 2009), an important figure in the world of hip hop radio, 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. Magic’s reign on the New York City airwaves lasted six years and was instrumental in broadening the scope and validity of hip-hop music.[1]

During the mid-80s there was a rivalry between Mr. Magic and Kool DJ Red Alert, who hosted a weekly show on WRKS-FM. The feud also played out between proxy rap groups, the Juice Crew and Boogie Down Productions (see The Bridge Wars). The Juice Crew - headed by Mr. Magic’s on-air assistant, DJ Marley Marl - was named after one of Magic’s aliases, “Sir Juice.”[2]

As confirmed by DJ Premier, Mr. Magic died on the morning of October 2, 2009 from a heart attack.[3]

[edit] Homages

Mr. Magic was referenced in songs by many rappers. In 1982, Whodini paid respect to the DJ in their song Magic’s Wand saying “the moment he went on the air / it was plain to see a new phase was here” and “in no time at all a star was born”.

Tupac Shakur revealed that his early days were musically influenced by Mr. Magic who would “cut up the hits” in the song Thug Style on CD 1 of the R U Still Down? (Remember Me) album. Shakur also mention Mr. Magic on the track, “Old School“, from the 1995 release, Me Against The World.

Nas mentions “I miss Mr. Magic” in his debut single Halftime, from 1992.

In 1994 Mr. Magic was referenced on Notorious B.I.G.’s track Juicy as being one of his early influences: “Every Saturday - Rap Attack - Mr. Magic Marley Marl”

Queensbridge Emcee Blaq Poet from Screwball refers to Mr. Magic on his 2006 release “Rewind-Deja Screw” on the opening DJ Premier produced “Bang This”, where he raps “I turn on my radio, I cover my ears, I cant have it, where the fuck is Red Alert? Where the fuck is Mr. Magic? I guess I gotta get with the times, my mindstate is 88′ but my style is ‘09″

In 2002, he made a return as a DJ on Grand Theft Auto: Vice Citys fictitious radio station Wildstyle Pirate Radio, portraying himself. Whodini’s song mentioned above was also played on the radio, described by Mr. Magic as “a very special throwdown (…) this song is all about me and the Rap Attack”.

Mr. Magic, a popular disc jockey known for bringing hip-hop music into the mainstream, has died.

Mr. Magic, whose real name is John Rivas, died of a heart attack on Friday. Mr. Magic debuted his show, Rap Attack, in 1983 on WBLS-FM in New York City. This was the first exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station, according to Wikipedia. He reportedly inspired acts such as Notorious B.I.G. and Nas.

Mr. Magic

Mr. Magic

In more recent years, he was featured as a DJ for an in-game radio station on the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

A message was released to the media by DJ Premier on Friday regarding Mr. Magic’s passing:

I WANT TO SEND OUT THE UTMOST RESPECT AND CONDOLENCES TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN RIVAS—-aka MR. MAGIC

HE PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING OF A HEART ATTACK…..

TRUE HIP HOP HEADS KNOW THAT HIS HISTORY IS SO LONG
DUE TO HIM BEING THE FIRST RAP MIXSHOW TO EVER BE ON COMMERCIAL RADIO ON NEW YORK’S WBLS–(107.5) WITH MARLEY MARL AND FLY TY IN 1982-1984…….THEN WENT ON TO WHBI IN OCTOBER OF 1984 AND THEN
BACK TO WBLS in 1985 and WDAS in Philly SIMULTANEOUSLY

HE PAVED THE WAY FOR ALL RADIO STATIONS THAT EVER DID MIXSHOWS AND ALSO SPARKED THE CAREER OF BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS DUE TO THE DISS HE SHOWED WHEN THEY CAME TO SHOP THEIR DEMO TO HIM AND WAS TURNED AWAY WHICH THEN SPARKED “SOUTH BRONX” AND “THE BRIDGE IS OVER”…….

HE WAS KNOWN FOR HIS DIRECT AND SARCASTIC ATTITUDE ON THE AIR AND EVERY ARTIST WANTED HIS APPROVAL WHEN IT CAME TO BREAKING NEW RECORDS……..HE EVEN HAD SONGS DEDICATED TO HIM BY THE LEGENDARY WHODINI–(”MR. MAGIC’S WAND”) WHICH WAS SURPRISINGLY PRODUCED BY ONE OF MY FAVORITE ARTISTS THOMAS DOLBY…….

SHOUTS OUT TO MARLEY MARL AND FLY TY FOR THE CORRECT INFORMATION ON THIS……

REST IN PEACE MR. MAGIC………….DJ PREMIER

the game  has lost another pioneer and important part of the history and culture….

~mistajay~

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