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New Netflix Documentary Explores Murder Of Rap Pioneer Jam Master Jay

The DJ for Run DMC was murdered in a Queens music studio in October of 2002.

By Ethan Harfenist

Hip-hop icon Jam Master Jay was working in his Queens recording studio in October 2002 when an unknown assailant walked in and shot him dead. More than 16 years later, his murder remains unsolved. 

On Wednesday, Netflix gave audiences a first look at its upcoming documentary that digs into the killing of Jay, the mastermind behind Adidas-rocking Run DMC. “Who Killed Jam Master Jay?” will be the third installment in the streaming platform’s eight-part ReMastered docu-series, which also investigates the deaths of other icons including Bob Marley and Sam Cooke.

Described as a “larger-than-life figure,” Jay, real name Jason Mizell, is credited with being the “one-man band” behind Run DMC’s revolutionary rap sound. The clip then segues into the night of his tragic murder, in which Mizell was shot once in the head before his assailant (or assailants) fled, according to a report by the New York Times, which also noted that authorities gave “no immediate explanation for the killing.”

The documentary will examine a slew of factors that have kept Mizell's slaying a mystery, including scared witnesses, surveillance footage that was allegedly tampered with and a long list of tips that ultimately led nowhere.

“Was the killing part of 50 Cent’s feud with notorious local drug lords?” Netflix wrote of the episode in statement, as quoted by Rolling Stone. “Was it a grudge against a member of security? Did it involve unpaid debts, or was it an inside job? Rumors flew, but none fit the hard-working DJ everyone knew as a peacekeeper. Though suspects were zeroed in on, Mizell’s friends and family have endured 16 years with no justice and no conviction, only unanswered questions.”

“Who Killed Jam Master Jay” will be released Dec. 7 on Netflix.

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