This Day in Hip Hop History (Rest In Peace Jam Master Jay)

Today, October 30, we spotlight the death of Hip-Hop great, Jam-Master Jay. Though other significant events in Hip-Hop have occured today, today is a day that belongs to the memory of Jam-Master Jay. JMJ, born Jason Mizell, was one of the most musical hip-hop figures in history, playing bass, guitar, drums, keyboards, and trumpet, before even meeting the turntables at age 13. Jay DJed for arguably the greatest rap group in history, RUN-D.M.C. Personally, Raising Hell, was one of the first rap albums I ever heard as a 12-year-old who stole the record. Though the only member who didn’t rap on the album, Jay’s presence always loomed large. Jay would eventually go on to find and sign rap group Onyx and largely influence and teach fellow local Emcee, 50 Cent, how to rap before dying. On October 30, 2002, Jam Master Jay was shot in his home recording studio in Jamaica, Queens, New York. The motives and identity of the killer are still unknown to this day. RUN-D.M.C. broke up shortly after the killing. Jay is survived by his wife and 3 children. Rest In Peace Jason Mizell.

Back Artwork of RUN-D.M.C.'s 1985 Second Album, "King of Rock"

Back Artwork of RUN-D.M.C.'s 1985 Second Album, "King of Rock"

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