On Jam Master Jay’s Birthday, A Remembrance From A Friend

Today would have been legendary DJ Jam Master Jay’s 45th birthday. The man born Jason William Mizell was tragically gunned down in a recording studio in Queens back in 2002. As a member of Run-DMC and on his own, Jay was an inspirational member of the hip-hop community who touched most everybody he met —… Read more »

Jam Master Jay: MTV News Investigates the Murder

Our continuing investigation into the still-unsolved murder of hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay brought us to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recently. The forecast upon touchdown was cold and rainy, not terribly unlike the weather in Queens on that fateful night in October of 2002 when a bullet forever silenced the trailblazing DJ behind the legendary Run-DMC. It… Read more »

For The Record: Alicia Keys, T.I., Jam Master Jay & More

· First Jordin Sparks went down, now tour-mate Alicia Keys is a having a bout of the vocal-cord blues. · T.I. wants to talk to the youth about the dangers of guns and gangs. But Atlanta school officials say they’ve got enough problems already. · Sheryl Crow is supporting Barack Obama “in his desire and… Read more »

Jam Master Jay’s Murder: May It Never Be Forgotten

A few weeks back, you might remember we were invited to film inside Jam Master Jay’s former studios in Jamaica, Queens, in New York. It was the first time cameras had ever been allowed into the Run-DMC DJ’s onetime headquarters — the place where ultimately, Jam Master Jay was tragically shot dead on a cold… Read more »

Jam Master Jay Remembered

RIP Jam Master Jay (January 21, 1965 – October 30, 2002) On October 30, it will have been a whole five years since Jam Master Jay was tragically shot dead at his recording studio in Queens, New York. It doesn’t seem like that long ago. One third of the pioneering rap group Run DMC, Jam… Read more »

Gang Starr Go Hard: Wake-Up Video

Why don’t more rappers draft one producer to take care of the beats for an entire album? Some of the greatest hip-hop albums in the history of the genre sound that way because they have such a cohesive sound, with themes that can be revisited and sonic markers that can work with the lyrics, not…

Christmas Greetings From Run-D.M.C. (And MTV News)

It’s almost time for Christmas, which means that the mood around the MTV Newsroom is getting pretty festive and everybody is going to start hitting the road soon (or just getting ready for a long winter’s nap). We’ll be taking off Friday (December 24) in observance of the holiday, but if anything huge happens, you… Read more »

Bizzy Bone Becoming The Latest Rap-To-Metal Crossover

After years of hits, trials and tribulations, Cleveland’s own Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have managed to retain a hardcore following in the hip-hop world. Now it appears as though one of its key players is trying to branch out. Bizzy Bone has signed on to the roster of Sumerian Records, a small Washington, D.C.-based imprint known best… Read more »

Rest In Peace, DJ Hideo

By Rahman Dukes Gone but not forgotten. This past weekend family, friends and fans came out to say their final goodbye to record spinner DJ Hideo, who passed away the week prior from complications from colon cancer. The famed Bum Squad DJ who coined the phrase “Live Life” admitted himself to a local hospital back… Read more »

Hope For Haiti, Conan O’Brien And Prince: This Week’s Deep Cuts

The week was only four days long, but it ended up being one of the busiest weeks in the history of the MTV Newsroom blog. It’s easy to see why, as we had constant updates from the ground in Haiti, tracked the end of the war between Conan O’Brien and NBC and caught up with… Read more »