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November 1, 2003 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Relatives and friends of Jam Master Jay gathered Thursday night to honor the legendary hip-hop DJ on the one-year anniversary of his death. The Run-DMC member's mother, sister, three young sons, and brothers joined music mogul Russell Simmons, comedian Keith Rock, and other notables in Queens, N.Y., for the memorial. "We all suffered a great, great loss," Rock said, with tears in his eyes. A year ago, a gunman clad in black walked into Jam Master Jay's recording studio, in the neighborhood where he grew up, and shot him once in the head.
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November 1, 2002 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Run-DMC's rhymes were relentless, its delivery stupendously theatrical, its look a crazy patchwork of workout casual and high style that presaged Sean John. But it was the music coming from the twin turntables of Jam Master Jay that separated the trio from every other act in hip-hop, and eventually established the group as the genre's first megastars. Though he was adept at scratching - the art of dragging the needle forward and backward over vinyl records to create new rhythms - Jason Mizell (for that was his real name)
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November 1, 2002 | By Tanya Barrientos and Larry Fish INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
In the Queens borough of New York City, yesterday morning, a young man signed his name on a memorial poster attached to a bit of chain-link fence and tried to explain the importance of Jam Master Jay - Jason Mizell - and the hip-hop group Run-DMC. "Run-DMC was one of the legends, and he was one of the founding fathers," Jean Olivier said. A few feet away were the police lines surrounding the building in which Mizell - a peace-loving musician who created the intense rhythms behind the voices of Run (Joseph Simmons)
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January 2, 2003 | By HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
TEN DOLLAR talent, 50 cent brain. Seeking the distinction of being the last rapper arrested in 2002, 50 Cent, whose hits include "Wanksta," was arrested just before 2 a.m. Tuesday after police found two guns inside a car double-parked outside a Manhattan nightclub. The 27-year-old, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was arrested after police responded to a complaint about a sport-utility vehicle double-parked outside the Copacabana nightclub, said a police spokesman. When officers approached the vehicle, they saw a .25-caliber handgun on the floor of the SUV. A further search turned up a .45-caliber pistol.
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November 25, 2002 | By Jimi Izrael
Jason Mizell, better known as Jam Master Jay, the DJ for the pioneering rap group Run-DMC, was shot execution-style in his Brooklyn studio on Oct. 30. Mizell was the third element in a powerful compound. Run-DMC - named after head rappers Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels - was the first rap group to take hip-hop from post-punk, spikes-and-leather-boots imagery to street grit. Clad in black leather and shell-toed sneakers, three young men stomped those trademark Adidas right into the mainstream, captivating MTV at a time when black music culture did not yet have the cachet it does now. and these original men in black brought a street authenticity that their predecessors lacked, coupled with an edgy post-disco commentary about Reagan-era Americana.
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March 16, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
In August, Joe "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels came out of retirement to rap once more as Run DMC for Jay Z's Made in America fest on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. And they'll play Saturday at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City. Simmons, also known as Reverend Run, laughs about the day the hip-hop innovators behind such rap classics as "Walk This Way" and "It's Tricky" got the offer for the mega-gig. "We got a call from management, DMC said he was down, so I was down," says Simmons.
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April 29, 2005 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There is a funny movie to be made from the outrageous egos and excesses of rap music. Death of a Dynasty is not that movie. Completed in 2003, but only now being released, the film is referred to in its own promotional materials as a hip-hop version of This Is Spinal Tap. It's more like a bad episode of Punk'd. Director Damon Dash tries to mix satire and self-congratulation, and it blows up in his face. David Katz (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, a lanky actor who resembles Matthew Lilliard)
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November 18, 1990 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Music Critic
LL Cool J begins the title rap on his recently released fourth album, Mama Said Knock You Out, with the caveat "don't call it a comeback. " In interviews for Run-DMC's first project in two years - Back From Hell - Jam Master Jay asserts, "This is not a comeback. We never left, we just went undercover. " Must be comeback time. Only a few years ago, LL Cool J (a.k.a. Todd Smith) and Run-DMC (Jam Master Jay, Run and DMC - a.k.a. Jason Mizell, Joe Simmons and Darryl McDaniels)
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March 5, 2004 | By Tanya Barrientos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For 18 months, a mammoth collection of stage costumes, photographs, documents and props that belonged to Michael Jackson and his family has been secretly kept in a storage unit in Asbury Park, N.J. Henry V. Vaccaro Sr. of Interlaken, who owns the stuff, plans to sell it to an anonymous European buyer who wants to make it into a traveling display. Vaccaro, 63, would not name the buyer or the price asked for what he contends is the world's largest accumulation of Jackson memorabilia.
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November 1, 2002 | By DAMON C. WILLIAMS williadc@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
"J-A-Y are the letters of his name. " With that now-famous verse from Run-DMC's 1984 hit "Jam Master Jay" and the beats he put behind it, Jason Mizell helped propel Run-DMC to world-famous heights and record-setting sales. The Master was an early leader at scratching vinyl records to a beat, working one turntable with each hand, to accompany the raps of his two Hollis Queens buddies, Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels. The results: Run-DMC became the first rap group to score a gold album, first with a platinum album, first on "American Bandstand," first on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and a string of Top 40 hits.
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March 16, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
In August, Joe "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels came out of retirement to rap once more as Run DMC for Jay Z's Made in America fest on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. And they'll play Saturday at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City. Simmons, also known as Reverend Run, laughs about the day the hip-hop innovators behind such rap classics as "Walk This Way" and "It's Tricky" got the offer for the mega-gig. "We got a call from management, DMC said he was down, so I was down," says Simmons.
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September 4, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The first Budweiser Made in America festival came to a rocked-out, rousing conclusion Sunday night as Seattle grunge survivors Pearl Jam closed out a two-day festival that successfully transformed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into a comfortably spacious multistage music venue - a feat organizers say they plan to repeat in years to come. On the second day of what festival curator and guiding light Jay-Z promised would be an annual event, the skies were gray and drizzly and the musical lineup was recalibrated.
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September 1, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
And so, it is finally upon us. The inaugural Budweiser Made in America festival, headlined and "curated" - the most overused word in pop culture these days - by Jay-Z will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend. It'll be the first-ever paid event on the city's museum-lined grand boulevard where free fireworks and music celebrations are held annually. With the most respected rapper in the game and grunge survivors Pearl Jam divvying up headliner duties, plus significant electronic dance music (EDM)
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November 12, 2007 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the nearly 30 years that rap and hip-hop have been part of the entertainment and cultural scene, critics have complained that the lyrics are violent and misogynistic, and that they glorify drug dealing. The slayings of rap stars Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., in what may have been a 1990s rap turf war, underscored the art-imitating-life component of "gangsta rap. " The criminal problems of rap executive Suge Knight, a former gang member and the cofounder of Death Row Records, and the 2002 killing of rap star Jam Master Jay in his Queens, N.Y., studio added more grist.
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April 29, 2005 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There is a funny movie to be made from the outrageous egos and excesses of rap music. Death of a Dynasty is not that movie. Completed in 2003, but only now being released, the film is referred to in its own promotional materials as a hip-hop version of This Is Spinal Tap. It's more like a bad episode of Punk'd. Director Damon Dash tries to mix satire and self-congratulation, and it blows up in his face. David Katz (Ebon Moss-Bachrach, a lanky actor who resembles Matthew Lilliard)
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March 5, 2004 | By Tanya Barrientos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For 18 months, a mammoth collection of stage costumes, photographs, documents and props that belonged to Michael Jackson and his family has been secretly kept in a storage unit in Asbury Park, N.J. Henry V. Vaccaro Sr. of Interlaken, who owns the stuff, plans to sell it to an anonymous European buyer who wants to make it into a traveling display. Vaccaro, 63, would not name the buyer or the price asked for what he contends is the world's largest accumulation of Jackson memorabilia.
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November 1, 2003 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Relatives and friends of Jam Master Jay gathered Thursday night to honor the legendary hip-hop DJ on the one-year anniversary of his death. The Run-DMC member's mother, sister, three young sons, and brothers joined music mogul Russell Simmons, comedian Keith Rock, and other notables in Queens, N.Y., for the memorial. "We all suffered a great, great loss," Rock said, with tears in his eyes. A year ago, a gunman clad in black walked into Jam Master Jay's recording studio, in the neighborhood where he grew up, and shot him once in the head.
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January 22, 2003 | By HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IT'S NOT ALL good at "American Idol. " Professor Drew Cummings has filed a complaint with federal agencies that the talent show violates anti-discrimination laws. Cummings is 50. And the big five-zero makes him too old for "Idol," which doesn't allow auditioners older than 24. So when Cummings was turned away from a tryout in Miami, he went to see a lawyer. "I find it hard to believe that age plays a part in determining the next 'American Idol,' " he naively said in a statement.
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January 17, 2003 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It may be a bittersweet soda ad, but on Sunday look for the last TV performance by the slain hip-hop star DJ Jason Mizell, also known as Jam Master Jay of the legendary Run-DMC. Mizell, killed in October, can be seen with Run-DMC in a 30-second Dr Pepper commercial, taped shortly before his death. The spot features LL Cool J and will debut during the NFL conference championship games and the Golden Globe Awards. The spots ? which will premiere just days before what would have been Mizell's 38th birthday - will end with a brief tribute to the DJ. Surviving members Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels said the spot helped give them a lasting memory of their final time with Mizell.
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