Jam Master Jay
killed in NY
Jam Master Jay, the DJ for hip-hop pioneers Run DMC, was shot and
killed at a New York City recording studio Wednesday night. Jam
Master Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell, was shot once in the
head and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
He was 37. A large group gathered to pay their respects outside
the studio, located on Merrick Boulevard near Jamaica Avenue in
Queens. Among the mourners were some of Jay's fellow hip-hop legends.
"These are our Beatles," Public Enemy's Chuck D told the
New York Times, adding that Jay gave him his first break in the
music business. Doctor Dre, a DJ on Power 105.1 FM, told the newspaper
that he's had enough of the violence. "This has got to end.
I'm sick of coming down to these things and saying we can't have
this anymore. This is my friend. I feel like my heart was broken."
A second man, identified by police as 25-year-old Urieco Rincon,
was shot in the leg and was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital. The
shooter remains at large and police have no information on a motive.
Run DMC, who recently wrapped a tour with Kid Rock and Aerosmith,
were scheduled to perform Thursday at halftime of the Washington
Wizards game. The trio debuted in 1984 with their self-titled album,
but achieved mainstream fame and helped introduce hip-hop to the
pop world for the first time in 1986 with a remake of Aerosmith's
"Walk This Way" -- one of several hits off their classic
third album, Raising Hell. Run DMC dropped their first album
in eight years in 2001 and released a greatest hits compilation
earlier this year. More...
from the scene
Jay's body is wheeled away
DMC is consoled
Chuck D with friends
Dre outside studio
at the studio entrance
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2002: Hollywood handprints
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Glasses, hats and Adidas