Jam Master Jay Remembered For His Contribution to Music. - Suspect Sought.

11-04-02 antiGUY
The murder of rap pioneer Jam Master Jay last week has hit the music industry hard. As part of Run DMC, Jam Master Jay and his group helped bridge the gap between rap and rock with their top selling collaboration with Aerosmith. Many people credit that collaboration, a remake of the Aerosmith classic �Walk This Way,� with bringing hip-hop to a mainstream audience. 

Jam Master Jay, born Jason Mizell, was shot and killed while working in a recording studio in Queens, New York, on October 30th. Mizell was 37-years-old. 

Urban Lifestyles News reports Mizell's murder was actually caught on tape by a camera at the recording studio where he was shot. The tape is now in possession of NYPD who are actively looking for a suspect in the murder. The New York Post reports that a suspect has been named by police, who are remaining tight lipped about the identity of the alleged murderer, except to say that the man they seek is from the South and had apparently been feuding with Mizell for over 10 years. The suspect is expected to turn himself over to authorities this week. 

While fans morn the loss of Jam Master Jay, his fellow musicians and recording artist also remember him for his contribution to music. 

I am deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of my friend and long-time partner Jam Master Jay. He made every DJ not want to use a DAT machine. He stuck to the true essence of what a DJ in a hip-hop performance should be. The whole music industry has lost a great talent. I always thought we would be together forever, I will truly miss him. 

Artista Records:
All of us at Arista Records are deeply saddened by the news of the murder. Jason Mizell will be truly missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. 

Run DMC and Jam Master Jay's gift to the world was a new kind of music for a whole new generation, and their gift to us was a piece of ourselves back. Jay was scratching before anyone had the itch and was still at the top of his game when we played with him this summer. We will hear him every night when we play �Walk This Way.�

Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz
It's a terrible loss. He was a wonderful person and a great friend. If Jam Master Jay and Run DMC hadn't looked out for us way back when, I don't know where we'd be now.

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