No matter which borough you represented, in the 80’s Run DMC received respect from hip hop fans and artists all over New York City and possibly the world. Hailing from Hollis, Queens, the trio, comprising of Run, DMC and Jam Master Jay, even collaborated with rock legends Aerosmith for the 1986 smash hit, “Walk This Way.” Now that’s crossover success. The group never talked about gang violence nor glorified misogyny in their music videos, instead they rapped about their favorite footwear and gave shout outs to the university in which they met. It seemed like these were lovable guys from the hood. So friends and family are still in shock as to why the horrific murder of the group’s heartbeat, DJ Jam Master Jay has not been solved, ten years later.
On October 30, 2002, Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell was at his Merrick Blvd. recording studio when he was shot to death, execution style. Although numerous people were present at the time of his death, no arrests have been made because everyone’s story failed to include the most important part, the name and/or description of the gunman and his sidekick.
Unfortunately, the hip hop icon’s death has joined the long list of unsolved rapper murder mysteries, including Big L, Biggie and Tupac. In an interview with the Daily News, Mizell’s brother, Marvin Thompson said, “There’s still so many unanswered questions.. I pray that someone will step up and close this case and give us some peace.”
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