Busta Rhymes and Def Jam founder Russel Simmons pay their respects to Jam Master Jay...

BUSTA RYHMES and DEF JAM founder RUSSELL SIMMONS were amongst those who paid tribute to late RUN DMC star DJ JAM MASTER JAY yesterday (November 4).

The star, real name Jason Mizell, was one of two men shot in the incident inside the 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.

MTV news reports that thousands of friends and fans came to the Jay Foster-Phillips Funeral Home to pay their respects. Fans waiting to mourn the rap legend lined the streets for approximately five blocks. Some fans played Run-DMC classics from their car stereos.

A funeral is scheduled for today (November 5) at 10am at the Allen AME Cathedral in Queens.

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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