Two men have been arrested in the 2002 execution-style murder of hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay, law-enforcement sources told the New York Post on Monday.
Jam Master Jay was the DJ of the influential one-man hip-hop band Run-DMC He became one of the biggest names in hip-hop in the 1980s and is credited with breaking hip-hop into mainstream music.
Jay was shot in his Queens studio. For 18 years, his murder remained a mystery.
Ronald Washington and Karl Jordan, Jr. have long been suspected in the shooting death of Jason William Mizell, better known by his stage name Jam Master Jay, while trafficking drugs, sources said.
Washington, 56, is already incarcerated for robbery. Jordan, 36, was arrested Sunday, sources said.
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Jay’s studio has been converted into a Hall of Fame studio owned by a company that has kept Jay’s legacy alive with painted murals and several Run-DMC memorabilia that decorate the walls, NBC New York reported: “The pioneering rapper encountered the same fate as the greats after him like Tupac Shakur and the Notorious BIG.”
A 2:30 p.m. press conference is scheduled by the New York City Police Department to announce charges for two suspects.