Jam Master Jay was shot and killed 11 years ago today in his Queens recording studio. We pay tribute to one of the most influential DJ's in Hip Hop inside.  


Born Jason William Mizell in Brooklyn, NY, Jam Master Jay started playing trumpet at the age of 3. By the time he was 13, he was DJing in Queens. Prior to joining Run-D.M.C. he played bass and drums in several garage bands. In 1982 he hooked up with Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and the rest is history!

In this clip, DJ Scratch talks about opening up for Run DMC and how he and jam Master Jay bonded over turntable skills.


Jam Master Jay Tribute by Dj Premier, Grandmaster Flash, Kid Capri & Dj Jazzy Jeff

This video featuring Run DMC and Aerosmith literally broke down the walls for Hip Hop to enter the Mainstream!!