Throwback: Happy 56th Birthday Jam Master Jay!

Growing up as a child of the 80s — and as a native Queens boy — Run DMC meant the world to me. And as you can imagine Jam Master Jay’s tragic murder in 2002 broke my heart. Worse yet, it took close to 20 years for the police to find and charge 2 people connected to the murder. But Jam Master Jay’s work has still loomed large in my life — and in the lives of countless hip-hop heads.

Yesterday, would have been Jam Master Jay’s 56th birthday. So what better way to celebrate than by some live footage and a handful of videos, right? Happy birthday, wherever you are, Jay! We miss you and we love you dearly.