Police have issued a fresh appeal for information in an attempt to solve the killing of DJ JAM MASTER JAY.
The star, real name Jason Mizell, was one of two men shot in the incident inside a studio in Queens, New York (October 30). He was shot in the head and died at the scene. The second man, Urieco Rincon, was shot in the leg and taken to a local hospital. As yet, no arrests have been made.
According to MTV news in the US, Detective Bernard Porter Jr, who is working on the case, said that people who have information don’t have to talk directly to the police.
He said: “The code of the streets might suggest you don’t go to the police, you don’t talk to the police. That’s fine, as long as you go to Def Jam or the Mizell family or a media outlet with the information. We don’t care how it comes to us as long as we get the information.”
Earlier this week, Run-DMC announced their retirement after the shock killing.
Hailing from New York, Run-DMC are noted as one of the original and most important rap groups in the world.
Moving rap into the mainstream, their first three albums, released throughout the mid-80s, ‘Run-DMC’, ‘King Of Rock’ and ‘Raising Hell’ are considered modern-day classics.
In 1986, their cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’, which featured Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, was one of the first singles to successfully combine rap and rock, scoring them a Top Ten hit in the UK
Although their popularity waned in recent years, a new version of ‘It’s Like That’, released as Run-DMC Vs Jason Nevins, became a world-wide smash in 1998, topping the UK singles chart, their only Number One in this country.
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