Jam Master Jay: Remembered by Pete Rock, Premier, & others…
“Me and Jay go back because we used to date these two sisters. During that time, I used to live on Washington Ave. between Lafayette and Greene in Clinton Hills and when I would go visit this girl, Jay was always there. We kicked it about music, everything. It was like late 1991, early 1992.
One time, we did a show at The Arc, in the heart of Flatbush, and Jay introduced us. It was very very grimy. That was a memory I will never forget because having Jam Master Jay introduce Gang Starr for a show and to pay homage to us and say he likes our music was big. Especially for me, because he was one of the first show DJ’s to play arenas.
When I was in high school. I saw him at the Fresh Fest with UTFO and Flash. What was ill was [Run-DMC] was in my age group but they were doing it. To do it all straight from turntables live, just solidified that I wanted to be a part of it. To me it was more of a hobby but I turned out doing it professionally and I owe a lot of that to Jay for showing me what live DJing is all about.
I have a lot of fond memories of Jay and a lot of good footage. That’s my own personal footage that I’ll cherish. He also had the Scratch Academy, which is an instructional course that taught DJ’s how to produce, understand the history and respect the entire game. When you think of Jam Master Jay, you think of science and history. Everybody doesn’t do things that last a lifetime, he did, and that’s the reason why he wears a big belt even when he’s not here physically.”