Then take a count – 1,2,3… Jam Master Jay R-I-P

JMJ RIP

3 years… RIP JMJ

part of an old article I wrote just after Jay’s murder…
Jay always seemed so cool, so casual… while Run and D were all about business, Jay always seemed to be just having fun. I actually managed to get talking to him a couple of years ago when they were over here doing a small tour… I was standing in the line waiting to do the whole autographed t-shirt thing… this was around the time that the dance mix of ‘Its Like That’ was out… lotsa kids crowding Run and D, and I couldn’t believe that very few were going to Jay.

So I went over expecting to get the whole “scribble on a t-shirt and fling it back at you” routine, and actually wound up chatting to him for about 10 minutes about the scene both in Ireland and the UK, about the (then untitled) “Crown Royal” album that was due the following year, and about a ton of other shit – Onyx, McDonalds, DJ Premier, potatoes and Guinness… the man was in sparkling form.

At the same time I’m looking ten feet to the left, and there’s Run and DMC being mobbed, with D looking tired as hell, but still being civil to the people pestering him… but Run… damn…

scribble – “here” – throws t-shirt back…
scribble – “here” – throws t-shirt back…
scribble – “here” – throws t-shirt back…

I even mentioned it to Jay, in a non-inflammatory way of course… his reply – “That’s the Russell in Run coming out. Sometimes he gets a little uptight. He does all the worrying for the group, I just like to do the music…”

My first gig after Jay’s death…
I opened my set with ‘Peter Piper’, and through the course of the night slipped ‘What’s It All About’, ‘Pause’, ‘Sucker MCs’ and ‘Beats To The Rhyme’ in between the normal stuff that I usually spin. Then at the end of the night, I let the record play out, turned all the lights off so the place was in pitch darkness, and I left things quiet for about 10 seconds… people didn’t know what the fuck was going on…

And then I dropped ‘Walk This Way’… and didn’t turn the lights back on until the guitar riff… so you had 20 seconds of people going absolutely nuts because they know what the track is as they instantly recognize the drumbreak, they know what the motive behind me dropping it is… shit, they were so open to it…

It was beautiful… my own personal little tribute. RIP Jay – a gentleman, a much under-rated but highly skilled DJ, and a fucking Hiphop legend…

DOWNLOAD VIDEO – Primo, Flash, Kid Capri & Jazzy Jeff perform a scratch tribute to JMJ at the BET awards (realplayer file)

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