2 Turntables and A Microphone

2 Turntables and A Microphone

The Life and Death of Jam Master Jay

DVD - 2009
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Go inside the unsolved murder investigation of Jam Master Jay, legendary DJ and part of Run-DMC. Learn how security tapes of the incident came up missing, why witnesses are no longer talking, and more. Features interviews with 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, and others.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, 2009, c2008.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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anonymouswe
Dec 06, 2018

I enjoyed this documentary that is almost entirely focused on oral tradition with very little external documentation included. The strengths: documents the thoughts and feelings of those surrounding Jason Mizell's life (aka Jam Master Jay); includes his neighborhood, which he never left as well as the man, his friends and his career; an impressive amount of interview footage of people whose lives and careers were connected to Jay's. Weaknesses: ignores his love/family life aside from a mention of his wife and child; very low budget (ironic that for a documentary about a performer and producer in the music industry, the classical music used is very sub-par quality); almost no external documenting is included (police interviews, police records, sales numbers, etc.); very little performance footage is included (a bit like doing a documentary on the Beatles, but not showing any of their performances, or a documentary on the life and career of Van Gogh and not showing any of his paintings). If you are interested in learning more about who Jay's personal inner circle was, how his career developed, how he died, and his friends' frustrations over not knowing who killed him, this is a very informative documentary with an incredible amount of interview footage of both the very famous, and the neighborhood people you never would have heard of. For as low budget as it seemed to be, it is worth the time if you are interested in the subject matter.

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nordicleather
Dec 09, 2017

This documentary on Jam Master Jay was too slow. Not enough live video or interviews with Jam Master Jay. Jam Master Jay i died some time ago. I found the interviews to be monotonous. Other people will have other opinions. Most of the interviewees were other males from the world of rap. On the other hand I recently saw a documentary on Charles Bradley who is from the same general area. it was wonderful. I didn't care for the Jam Master Jay documentary but he was a gifted DJ. Rap is a niche interest in music.

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VRMurphy
Feb 02, 2015

A fascinating look at a situation about which I knew very little. Given how loved and respected he apparently was, and how much "everyone knows who did it", it's astonishing charges have never been brought. Good incidental music as well.

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