Remembering Jam Master Jay: “You’ll See Jay Again, My Friend”

Oct 30, 2012
3:48 pm

On October 30, 2002 (10 years ago today), Jason Mizell, known globally as the amazing Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, was shot and murdered inside his own recording studio. The crime is still unsolved, even though there are play-by-play accounts of that tragic day, yet no real leads.


Now Run-DMC is still touring, and Jay is dearly missed. For many who grew up to the first years of hip-hop, Jay was truly a Jam Master. As Run-DMC crossed over into the mainstream, Jay's beats and samples gained the musical recognition they had always deserved.

Each year, even since Jay died, we play one DMC jam. It is the opening track of the group's monster RAISING HELL record. Not only is "Peter Piper" an brilliant and underrated song, it is also a loving tribute to Jay. "And like all fairy tales/You'll see Jay again, my friend." Word.

Now Peter Piper picked peppers but Run rocked rhymes

Humpty Dumpty fell down that's his hard time

Jack B. Nimble what nimble and he was quick

But Jam Master cut faster Jack's on Jay's dick

Now Little Bo Peep cold lost her sheep

And Rip van Winkle fell the hell asleep

And Alice chillin somewhere in Wonderland

Jack's servin Jill a bucket in his hand

And Jam Master Jay's making out our sound

The turntables might wobble but they don't fall down


Now Dr. Seuss and Mother Goose both did their thing

But Jam Master's gettin loose and D.M.C.'s the king

Cause he's adult entertainer

Child educator

Jam Master Jay king of the crossfader

He's the better of the best best believe he's the baddest

Perfect timin when I'm climbin I'm a rhymin apparatus

Lot of guts

When he cuts

Girls move their butts

His name is Jay hear the play he must be nuts

And on the mix real quick and I'd like to say

He's not Flash but he's fast and his name is Jay


Jay's like King Midas as I was told

Everything that he touched turned to gold

He's the greatest of the greater get it straight

He's great

Playing fame cause his name is known in every state

His name is Jay

To see him play

Will make you say

God damn that DJ made my day

Like the butcher the baker

The candlestick maker

He's a maker a breaker

And a title taker

Like the little old lady who lived in a shoe

If cuts were kids he would be you

Not lyin y'all he's the best I know

And if I lie my nose will grow

Like a little wooden boy named Pinocchio

And you all know how the story go

Tricks are for kids he plays much gigs


He's a big bad wolf and you're the three pigs

He's a big bad wolf in your neighborhood

Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good

We're Run-D.M.C. got a beef to settle

D's not Hansel he's not Gretel

Jay's a winner

Not a beginner

His pockets get fat others get thinner

Jump on Jay like cows jump moons

People chase Jay like dish and spoon

And like all fairy tales end

You'll see Jay again my friend