Jam Master Jay would have turned 49 yesterday. The iconic DJ and Run DMC spin master was tragically slain in 2002, but his memory lives on, in murals, dedications, and in his son TJ.
On a recent cold morning in Queens, we set out to remember Jam Master Jay by meeting up with TJ and DJ Scratch on 205th street, aptly distinguished as Run DMC-JMJ Way. A black Suburban pulled up, and Scratch jumped out, “What up? Y’all ready to do this?” TJ came through shortly thereafter, and the two set up their turntables in front of the JMJ mural on the block.
Hands were freezing, but it was nothing a few cutting exercises couldn’t remedy. They performed multiple juggling tricks and spliced up some classic cuts. The two then performed routines that Scratch had previously performed with Jam Master Jay. As they continued spinning, more and more people began to congregate, drawn by the sounds. It was an assembly of old and young, reminiscent of a time where it was all about music and all about having a good time. Police rolled up and even after stopping the performance, they realized what a great tribute this was and let them continue spinning in memory of the late great Jam Master Jay. Check out the video above and let us know how you remember the fallen legend.