Andrew Gilman of the Cornell Daily Sun weighed in on the murder of hip hop legend Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, and recalled his interview he did with the singer in Red Letter Daze last year. In that interview Jay commented, “Well I love the way rap and hip-hop has influenced music. It’s just, you know, life goes in cycles. We were hip-hop guys who took some rock n’ roll and blended it cause it was good music, good music is just good music, so I love every way that hip-hop goes now. I feel proud and honored to still have fun with it.”
Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons stopped by the WB11 to talk about the sudden and tragic murder of Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay, the fund he has set up for Jay’s family, and other topics including his involvement in the Def Poetry Jam. Video at wpix.feedroom.com has since been removed.
The Sun reports Eminem was surrounded by an several bodyguards at the premiere
of his film ‘8 Mile’ in the wake of
the murder of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay. “Eminem’s people were really worried about his safety,” a source revealed. “They were concerned something might happen as he walked up the carpet.” Slim arrived looking glum and did not stop to chat to fans, instead was whisked straight into the auditorium.
Reverend Run, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Ed Lover, Dr. Dre, Foxy Brown, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, Chuck D, and others were at the press conference to announce the formation of a new coalition to fund support for the family of Jam Master Jay at the Majestic Room at the Rihga Royal Hotel on Wednesday (November 6).
The New York Daily News reports that with the tragic deaths of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay and rap promoter Kenneth Walker, the thought of freestyling offering a nonviolent way to settle scores has taken hold. “To battle, you must know about grammar, morphology, local history and politics, and have speed and wit,” Marcyliena Morgan, a professor at Harvard University who teaches a course called Hip Hop America: Power, Politics and the Word. “You must be accurate, because the audience listens, evaluates and talks back.”
Several photo agencies have pictures of the funeral for Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay at the Allen AME Cathedral in New York on Tuesday (November 5). Check out the pictures from WireImage.com.
Launch.com reports Reverend Run provided the prayer of comfort for his Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay, who was tragically murdered last week. Run also took the opportunity to attempt to frame the tragedy positively. “Jason did what he was supposed to do. He helped to create this hip-hop nation,” Run said. “Jason walked in grace, in style, and with class. I didn’t know if I should say this, but I believe this is Jason’s biggest hit ever–all the support that has come in, all the people that have cried out across the world. I told my brother (Russell Simmons), I told Lyor (Cohen) and a couple of people. I don’t know if anybody understood it. I believe this is the biggest hit ever. This is the most press that he’s ever got.”
Chuck D and the Beastie Boys were on hand for the wake for Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC in Hollis, Queens on Monday (November 4).
Reuters reports thousands of people, some wearing unlaced Adidas sneakers and booming the music of Run-DMC, poured into a Queens neighborhood on Tuesday to pay their last respects to DJ Jam Master Jay, who was murdered last week. Celebs on hand included Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Queen Latifah, and Jay’s Run-DMC groupmates, family, and neighbors.
AllHipHop.com reports thousands of fans, friends and family came out to honor hip-hop legend Jam Master Jay in Saint Albans, Queens in New York. In an open casket, Jay was dressed in Run-DMC’s trademark uniform: a black leather suit, a gold rope chain necklace with a sneaker pendent and a pair of crisp Adidas.