Jam Master Jay: Remembered by Pete Rock, Premier, & others…
“Me and Jay go way back. Run-DMC broke me and Will on our first major tour in 1987. He sat down and taught us what to do on the road. ‘This is how you take care of your clothes. Be there for sound check.’ When I brought my girl on the road, he would introduce himself like, ‘How are you doing, I’m Jason.’ Jay would grab my son and take him for a walk. He made you feel comfortable. That was Jay.
Me, Jay, Will, Run and D were all really cool. Will had a birthday party a couple of years ago and Run-DMC came out and performed. Only a handful of us got to know how great of a person Jay was. For me, the two turntables an a mixer come second to him being a person. To be in hip hop as long as I am, you develop friendships outside of just admiring somebody musically. It was like, ‘I got to thank you for what you did for me and for your friendship.’ We’re sitting here talking about how two turntables and a mixer have pretty much paved the way for our lives.
Jay was a throwback DJ. When people started using DAT tapes and replay machines to do their shows, Jay used records. It was fun watching the last Run-DMC show I saw, which was at All-Star weekend in Philly. With two turntables and a mixer, Run-DMC went out there and [were] the true essence of hip-hop.
Jay was a member of Run-DMC, he wasn’t Run DMC’s DJ. He was the third member of that group. No one now has a DJ, and if they do he is hidden. He is not on the records, he’s not really a part of it except for the live shows. Me being a DJ, hell yeah I’ll speak up for what Jay meant to Run-DMC.”