Disco King Mario was a pioneer of Hip hop. In the 1970s Mario was a prominent DJ of the New York Bronx. At the time, he lived in the Bronxdale Housing projects. The Bronx was famous for its block parties at which the DJ\s were the most prominent personalities, the masters of ceremonies who garnered most of the attention. Together with his crew, known as Chuck Chuck City, he published several mixtapes. He loaned Africa Bambaataa the technical equipment for his first appearances as DJ, and Bambaataas first DJ-Battle took place in 1976 in the New York junior High School 123 against Mario. Well-known DJ Jazzy Jay had his first appearances as well with Mario. Together with Bambaataa, Mario controlled essentially the entire southeast Bronx. Both were originally members of the street gang Black Spades and DJs had to either get permission from Bambaataas Zulu nation or from Mario, before
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