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Jam Master Jay’s Accused Killer Filmed Music Video At Mural Of Slain DJ, Prosecutors Say
Karl Jordan Jr., a suspected cocaine dealer accused of gunning down Run DMC's Jam Master Jay, once filmed a music video at a graffiti mural in Queens depicting his alleged victim, federal prosecutors said.
An alleged Queens drug dealer accused in the 2002 slaying of famed musician Jam Master Jay once filmed an amateur music video at a mural for the murdered East Coast hip hop pioneer, prosecutors said.
Karl Jordan Jr., 39, is currently in jail awaiting trial in the Run DMC artist’s previously unsolved murder, and his lawyers have asked the court to release him on a $1 million bond. Prosecutors opposed that effort, according to newly filed court documents obtained by Oxygen.com, claiming that the man had brazenly boasted about dealing drugs in a music video filmed at a mural for the East Coast hip hop pioneer he's accused of killing.
In a memo opposing Jordan’s motion for bond, prosecutors said the incarcerated and formerly aspiring hip hop artist should be jailed pending trial, pointing to a series of songs and videos in which he bragged about selling drugs and using firearms.
In one instance, they say, Jordan allegedly filmed a music video in 2015 for a song he wrote entitled “Silver Spoon,” at a memorial and mural for Jam Master Jay. (The artist behind the mural reportedly first painted it in 2003.)
“The chorus of the song is Jordan saying ‘I wasn’t born with no silver spoon...I had to grind, grind and get it out the pot...and get it off the block...get it off the rock, my family won’t eat if this phone don’t pop...so its 24/7 cause this phone don’t stop,” the court filings stated.
In the song’s following verse, Jordan brags that he “hustles hard,” “like the mob,” and a “dealer serving hands like they cards.”
“[I] never had a job...I do construction, cause I be breaking down bricks,” Jordan allegedly wrote.
Jam Master Jay, whose real name was Jason William Mizell, was fatally shot in the head at a Queens recording studio on Oct. 30, 2002.
For years, the DJ’s killing mystified police and Run DMC fans everywhere.
In 2020, authorities arrested Jordan along with co-defendant Ronald Washington in Mizell’s killing, which they said was fueled by a botched drug deal.
Jordan was also slapped with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and seven counts of cocaine distribution, according to an indictment obtained by Oxygen.com.
Jordan, who went by the stage name “Young Yadi,” was part of a larger rap collective “Rich Fly Fees,” officials said. In many of his songs, prosecutors said Jordan openly boasted of his criminal lifestyle.
A number of other music videos Jordan made — which were uploaded to publicly available social media sites — further depict him gloating about his alleged criminal lifestyle, and were also seized by authorities.
“Carrying magnums all the time, not just when I get some a**,” Jordan rapped in one video.
In another Jordan quips, “I had them shooters delivered to your crib like the Amazon Prime...I’m from Hollis where I learned from my past so I move around Queens with a gun and a mask.”
Prosecutors said numerous other images and videos were seized by investigators which depicted Jordan bragging about his narcotics deals, clutching stacks of hundred dollar bills and showing off luxury jewelry.
Federal prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty against Washington and Jordan, additional court filings obtained by Oxygen.com show.
Jordan has no prior adult felony criminal record. However, federal officials allege he’s been involved, but never charged, in a number of firearm-related shootouts in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, his home was also the target of a drug bust, in which weapons, a bullet proof vest, cocaine, and marijuana were seized during a search warrant. He ultimately pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct violation. Prior to his 2020 arrest, Jordan sold drugs to an undercover agent at least seven separate times, charging documents show.
As a juvenile, Jordan was also once arrested in 1999 for second-degree robbery, prosecutors said.
Jordan’s defense lawyer politely declined to comment on his client’s case when reached by telephone on Thursday afternoon.
“I’m not going to make any comment at this time,” Michael Hueston told Oxygen.com. “I really have nothing else to add.”
Jordan has a bail motion hearing scheduled for Feb. 28.