Jam Master Jay

American hip hop musician (1965–2002)

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.

Jam Master Jay
Jam Master Jay in 1985
Jam Master Jay in 1985
Background information
Birth nameJason William Mizell
Also known asDJ Jazzy Jase
Jam Master Funk
Born(1965-01-21)January 21, 1965
New York City, U.S.
DiedOctober 30, 2002(2002-10-30) (aged 37)
New York City, U.S.
Cause of deathMurder (gunshot wound)
GenresHip hop, golden age hip hop, rap rock
Occupation(s)Disc jockey, producer, rapper, beatboxer
InstrumentsVocals, turntables
Years active1983–2002
Formerly ofRun-DMC

During the 1980s, Run-D.M.C. became one of the biggest hip hop groups.[1][2]



On October 30, 2002, [3] Mizell was shot in the head in his studio in Queens in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His friend, 25-year-old Urieco Rincon, was shot in the ankle but he survived. [4]


  1. "The 50 albums that changed music", No. 40: Run D.M.C.: Run D.M.C. (1984), The Observer, July 16, 2006.
  2. The Immortals – The Greatest Artists of All Time: 48) Run–DMC Archived 2009-04-12 at the Wayback Machine. Rolling Stone. Published April 15, 2004.
  3. "CNN.com - Run-DMC DJ slain in recording studio - Nov. 1, 2002". www.cnn.com. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  4. "CNN - Breaking News, Latest News and Videos". CNN. Archived from the original on December 13, 2006. Retrieved March 23, 2018.