These words resonate in every aspect of my life. Life can be difficult at times, people are not perfect. We make huge mistakes but that’s how we learn. Do the best you can do that’s all anyone can ask of you. Sometimes you win big, sometimes you come up short, but you tried. Stay true to who you are. You don’t have to pretend to be something you’re not to be respected. Actually faking will get you disrespected faster than anything else. I know you know that. Don’t forget to act like you know.
As I sit in my car in front of TGM (The Green Movement Recycling Company) and listen to some online Z shares of Old Mr. Magic Broadcasts from the early to mid 80’s that I downloaded to my computer, I’m taken back to my early childhood.
My earliest memory of Mr. Magic goes back to my days of grade school. My good childhood friend Mark Swain relocated to East Windsor NJ where I lived, from Lakewood NJ. He brought with him tapes of this DJ he loved who aired on WHBI. Of course that DJ was Super Rocker Mr. Magic. Listening to Mr. Magic inspired Mark and I to write rhymes and create beats because we wanted to one day be heard on the Mr. Magic Rap Show.
A year or so after I was introduced to the sounds of Mr. Magic, he started airing “The Rap Attack Show” on WBLS. He was the host, DJ Marley Marl was the mix master and Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams was one of the producers of the show. Every Saturday night around 10 PM -12AM they would play all the hot new rap music coming out of the Tri-State Area. Every weekend I would be impatiently waiting to tape the show so I could have rap music to hear through the week until the following weekend.
My dreams finally came true. I would later go on to become one of those artist who could be heard on “The Rap Attack. Later I would make the song “In control of things” that become the theme song for “Marley Marl’s In Control Rap Show.
If it wasn’t for Mr. Magic I don’t know where Rap Music would be. To me he put Rap Music on the World Stage. His show “The Rap Attack” was the first show on major radio to showcase Hip-Hop music. I’m forever in debt to his vision and grateful that I was around to see his greatness unfold.
R.I.P. Mr. Magic
“You will forever be missed”
The world of Hip-Hop is forever changing however there are a few things about Hip-Hop that will never change. The streets will continue to dictate what’s hot and what’s not. A hot hip-hop record will never be forgotten. Last but not least Hip-Hop Icons are born out of sheer wit and creativity. As long as I live I will never forget the style, flow and character of Slick Rick or Andre 3000. I will never forget the power of Public Enemy or X-Clan. I could never dismiss the grace and genius of Lauren Hill or Jay Z. There are countless others that have blessed me with great music and style. These people have helped to grow my sense of self worth. I’d like to also mention they have also helped aid in our economy’s growth.
I am a traveler and in my travels I come across some of the most gifted Hip-Hop Artists you could ever meet. Some DJ, others Graff, some Dance, others Sing. This particular piece is about those who have earned my respect that rap. I come across many talented newcomers, some have decent music others have decent style. This particular list of individuals have both, which to me spells staying power. The future of Hip-Hop looks very promising and very bright.
Comin’ At Ya Live is a show created by YZ that showcases artists and DJ’s from all over the World. We are currently editing tons of goodies for you but didn’t want to leave you without a taste of what’s to come.
In this episode YZ interviews “Blackworld Entertainment” Recording Artist “Brother J of X-Clan“.
“It was a pleasure catching up with Brother J. I think he is one of Hip-Hop’s true pioneers that shall be treasured for many years to come.” YZ
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Enjoy and God Bless