Jam Master Jay: 1965-2002

Hip-hop has lost greats before, but this murder is different, as a Houston DJ expresses


It's hard to imagine what would make someone walk into Jay's studio and shoot the man in the head. Was it a mistake? Was Jay into something that his public didn't know about? Did he screw someone's wife? Rip someone off?

I can't imagine any of that. Jay was an artist, a family man and an inspiration. We can't be so naive as to believe that only sick thugs kill or are killed. But I would like to think that a shining star in such a dark business would be exempt from the bullshit that plagues this culture, which sometimes seems as rife with murder and mayhem as it is with creativity and spirit.

Jam Master Jay left behind a wife, three children and a billion rap fanatics like me who can only say, "Goddamn, that DJ made my day."

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