The iconic entertainer, born Jason Mizell, was fatally shot at a recording studio in the Queens neighborhood of Jamaica, shortly after the release of the band’s 2001 album Crown Royal. Mizell was 37. Run-DMC disbanded after his death and the crime has remained unsolved for almost 18 years.
Longtime suspects, Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan Jr. have been accused of killing Jay, while trafficking drugs, the Post said. Washington, 56, is already behind bars for robbery, while Jordan, 36, was nabbed Sunday, sources said.
In the early 1980s, Jam Master Jay teamed up with Run (Joseph Simmons) and DMC (Darryl McDaniels) to form the hip hop trio Run-DMC. With Jam Master Jay at the turntables as DJ, they became the first hip hop group to reach mainstream popular music success, solidified by the rap-rock crossover Walk This Way with Aerosmith in 1986. The video has over 83 million views.
Run-DMC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 for their groundbreaking legacy.”They broke down barriers for future rap acts, crossed boundaries between rap and rock and dispelled old notions of what rap could be,” the Hall of Fame said.
The US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York will hold a 2:30 p.m. news conference Monday to announce the unsealing of a criminal indictment charging two men with his murder in a Queens drug trafficking case.
Now onto Tu-Pac and Biggie…
SOURCE: New York Post