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'Terrible loss': Hip-hop reacts to Jam Master Jay slaying

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Jam Master Jay, the DJ of the pioneering rap group Run-DMC, was shot in the head and killed in a New York recording studio. WABC's Jeff Rossen reports (October 31)
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(CNN) -- Here are some comments from hip-hop figures after the shooting death of pioneering rap DJ Jam Master Jay:

Chuck D of Public Enemy, on CNN's "Newsnight with Aaron Brown":

I ... traveled the world with this man, this man discovered me, and passed the tape on ... This is not a good day for the music, because this guy epitomized what the music should do. You feel good about a song. Run-DMC epitomizes that.

Russell Simmons, hip-hop impresario and brother of Run-DMC member Joseph Simmons aka Run:

"They represented everything good and positive about hip-hop ... Before the media rushes to attribute this to East Coast-West Coast violence, they should examine Run-DMC's two decades of contributions and Jam Master Jay's personal character."

Big Bang Hank of the Sugar Hill Gang, on CNN's "Talk Back Live":

"He changed the direction of music, put rock into rap and gave it a whole new persona. It totally blew my mind."

Fat Man Scoop of New York's Hot 97.1 FM, on CNN's "Live at Daybreak":

"These guys were so influential ... They were the first to wear what they wanted to wear and not conform to, you know, what everybody else was doing in terms of the clothes they wore and stuff like that. They were the first to bring the streets to rap."

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, to The Associated Press:

"He led the way for a whole new genre of talent ... He was a great man who will be deeply missed."

Adam Horowitz of the Beastie Boys, to The Associated Press:

"It's a terrible loss ... If Jam Master Jay and Run-DMC hadn't looked out for us way back when, I don't know where we'd be now."

Wonder Mike of the Sugar Hill Gang, on CNN's "Talk Back Live":

"Every time we ran into Jay, he was really cordial, he was nice, showed us crazy love... Then 15 minutes later, you see him on stage, really cuttin' it up. Really talented guy, really cool guy."

Dr. Dre, to The Associated Press:

"This is not a person who went out looking for trouble ... He's known as a person that builds, that creates and is trying to make the right things happen."



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