WBLS and the Birth of Hip-Hop: Mr. Magic’s ‘Rap Attack’ and the 80s [roundtable with Red Alert, Marley Marl, Chuck Chillout, Fly Ty, Bugsy ]

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Jul 8, 2017
*1 hour, 6 minutes running time

WBLS and the Birth of Hip-Hop: Mr. Magic’s ‘Rap Attack’ and the 80’s​

Oct 2019


In this episode of our Black Music Month round table series, radio veterans take a look at how the first radio show to exclusively play, the now most popular genre in the world, was heard first on the airwaves of WBLS.​

Our very own Fred ‘Bugsy’ Buggs, DJ Red Alert, DJ Chuck Chillout, Marley Marl, music industry pioneer Fly Ty Williams, and son of the late great Mr. Magic, Anthony ‘Luck’ Rivas, discuss the 80’s and how the Rap Attack brought Hip-Hop to mainstream radio​

Among the topics covered
  • Mr Magic and the Original Juice Crew (before Marley)
  • WHBI
  • Hip hop radio before WBLS and the other jocks and djs
  • Industry resistance to Hip Hop
  • How radio formats affected advertising revenue
  • WBLS vs KISS-fm
  • The Roxanne Wars (and Shante)
  • How Philly plays into early hip hop radio and the story of Cold Chillin Records
  • Rap radio shows that popped up in other cities
  • running radio shows vs running record label (politics/conflicts)
  • Family tree/proteges of each of the DJs