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November 7, 2002 | REGINA MEDINA Daily News wire services contributed to this report
RUN-DMC is no longer. The two surviving members of the pioneer hip-hop group announced yesterday that they're officially retired from music, Launch.com reported. As most Tattlers know, group member DJ Jam Master Jay, a mentor to many rappers and also known as Jason Mizell, was gunned down at his recording studio last week New York. "We were just on tour with Aerosmith and Kid Rock, and we can't perform anymore. Nobody wants to see Run and DMC without Jay," said Rev. Run, a/k/a Joe Simmons.
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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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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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May 27, 1988 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
The young bloods are nipping at the heels of Run-D.M.C. Some are even boasting that the kings of rap will reign no more. Run-D.M.C. was the first rap group to earn a gold album (for "Run-D.M.C. " in 1984), then the first to score a platinum album (for "Raising Hell" in 1986). It became the first rap group to cross over to the rockers' domain, MTV, by integrating rock guitar phrases with hip-hop rhythms and by taking help from friends Aerosmith (on "Walk This Way"). Thereafter, Run-D.
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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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 12, 1988 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters and the New York Daily News
Run-DMC gave two 30-minute concerts at Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J., yesterday, and at a news conference gave a strong show of support for the principal, Joe Clark. He is under fire for his get-tough policy of running the school. "Our principal wasn't as strict as Joe Clark, and we needed somebody like that," said Joseph Simmons, who heads the rap group. Clark, who patrols school halls with a baseball bat and bullhorn, received national attention recently when his school board voted to accuse him of insubordination after he kicked out 66 students without board approval.
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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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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 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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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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2002 | REGINA MEDINA Daily News wire services contributed to this report
RUN-DMC is no longer. The two surviving members of the pioneer hip-hop group announced yesterday that they're officially retired from music, Launch.com reported. As most Tattlers know, group member DJ Jam Master Jay, a mentor to many rappers and also known as Jason Mizell, was gunned down at his recording studio last week New York. "We were just on tour with Aerosmith and Kid Rock, and we can't perform anymore. Nobody wants to see Run and DMC without Jay," said Rev. Run, a/k/a Joe Simmons.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
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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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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