Jason William Mizell (January 21, 1965 – October 30, 2002), better known by his stage name Jam Master Jay, was an American musician and DJ. He was the DJ of the influential hip hop group Run-D.M.C. During the 1980s, Run-D.M.C. became one of the biggest hip hop groups and are credited with breaking hip hop
Jason Mizell was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Jesse Mizell and Connie Thompson Mizell (later Connie Mizell-Perry) whose other children are Marvin L. Thompson and Bonita Jones.
At age 3, Jason began playing the trumpet. He learned to play bass, guitar, and drums. He performed at his church and in various bands.
He first started playing at parks and later played at bars. He also began throwing small parties around the area.
On Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at 7:30 pm, Mizell was fatally shot by an unknown person in New York City in a recording studio.
In 2018, Netflix released a documentary analyzing the circumstances of his murder. in documentary series, interviews several of Mizell’s friends, family members, and acquaintances who share stories they’ve heard regarding suspects in his murder. The documentary does not come to a conclusion regarding who the murderer(s) are.
Federal prosecutors announced charges Monday against two men accused of killing Jason Mizell, better known as Jam Master Jay — the DJ for the seminal rap group Run-DMC. Mizell was shot inside a recording studio in New York City in 2002.
At a press conference, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York said Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington had been charged with murder in Mizell’s death. DuCharme didn’t go into details about what led to the charges but said “today we begin to answer that question, who killed Jason Mizell and why.”
According to newly filed court documents, the killing was allegedly over a drug deal. Prosecutors said that Mizell was involved in trafficking cocaine across state lines and that he had 10 kilograms of cocaine that Washington was supposed to sell in Maryland. Mizell then told Washington that he was being cut from the deal, which led to Washington and Jordan allegedly conspiring to kill him as retaliation, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The two then entered the studio the night of the killing and “ultimately executed Mizell,” according to court documents.
If charged, both Jordan and Washington face at least a 20-year prison sentence. Washington is currently serving time for robbery.
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