One year after the
murder of one of the most influential DJ’s in history, the entire Hip-Hop community
wonders why our heroes have been murdered and the cases never get solved. The
Jam Master Jay case has exposed things that otherwise would have never been known
about the characters of certain people in the music business.
The police are
trying to piece together a jigsaw puzzle that seems to have more pieces than
a mirror shattered on the ground.
Perhaps that mirror
could have shown the self destructive nature that the Hip-Hop industry has taken
on. And while so called "leaders" continue to use the played out claim
that rap merely "reflects what’s happening in the streets" but don’t
usher a change of thinking, mothers, families, friends and fans lose their loved
ones, while the stereotypical image of Hip-Hop continues to grow.
In an exclusive
interview, a high ranking New York Police Department detective spoke candidly
about what may, or may not have happened to Jam Master Jay. He/she requested
that their identity remain concealed for a variety of reasons. The following
is a conversation with an insider about what the police are doing and what they aren’t,
to solve the murder of Jam Master Jay.
AllHipHop: On the
night Jay was killed, they said two people entered the studio. The reports say
there were two masked gunman. How much do you know about that?
There were two gunman, but one of them didn’t have a mask on.
AllHipHop: So if
one didn’t have a mask on, or as reported today, that the gunman hugged JMJ,
why is it so hard for the people in the recording studio to identify the gunman?
I doubt Jay would have hugged a masked man.
AD: The case is
a lot deeper than everyone expected. It’s people really close to Jay.
you say ‘people close to Jay,’ do you mean friends or family?
AD: I mean the
immediate circle of friends he grew up with.
is Tinard Washington? There has been a lot of things attributed to him in various
media outlets. He implicated a former promoter, Carl "Big D." Jordan
and his son, Noyd (Lil D, Carl Jordan Jr.) in the murders.
AD: Tinard is a
guy who’s been arrested several times. He has a reputation of shooting people.
He’s a guy who has grown up to be very feared in the neighborhood. Some of the
shootings are true, some of them aren’t. I know he’s not that tough, but he
puts on a persona that he’s this tough street dude.
you heard about him being involved in any other murders, mainly the murder of
Randy "Stretch" Walker?
AD: I know he shot
a family relative that is paralyzed now. There is not much evidence to make
the Walker claim credible, but we are very aware of that situation.
about Jay’s supposed involvement in drug dealing? Is there any credibility to
any of that?
AD: There has been
a lot of mention of it. Unless someone goes on the record and says that, we
are going to just keep that as information.
reason I bring it up, is because the drug dealing aspect could provide a motive
of why he may have been killed. You don’t know anything about Yaqin or the ten
keys of cocaine?
AD: At this time,
all we can say is that Jay always went back to the hood. He may have been reaching
out and helping to introduce people, but we don’t believe he was involved totally
in dealing drugs, where he actually did the buying or the dealing.
McGriffin. Is he still a suspect?
AD: We aren’t going
to rule anyone out, but I don’t believe Supreme had anything to do with it.
investigation seems like it’s been played out in various media, including AllHipHop.com.
Do you feel the media has been responsible in reporting?
AD: The media is
the media. It’s a high profile murder case. But due to the various leaks, it
makes it difficult when the whole situation is played out in the media.
AllHipHop: I read
an article recently in Newsday, that said the 103rd has the highest murder rate
in the city of New York. How do you feel about how the whole situation is being
AD: The problem
is is that the 103rd is overwhelmed right now. They have had a lot of homicides
in the past month and there are several murders they haven’t solved that they
are working on. Not to say that Jay’s case is being put on the back burner,
but it kind of is, because of the rash of homicides.
AD: There used
to be detectives with 20 plus years that could help solve murders, but they
are working with the best they can. Not all of the detectives have that many
years investigating murders.
heard that there was a seminar going on next door. Can you clarify if there
were any other witnesses to the murder other than the people that were present
at the studio?
AD: At this time
it doesn’t seem that’s a possibility.
AllHipHop: I heard
that Randy Allen chased the gunman outside of the studio. Then I heard that
they came out of the booth and saw Jay, removed his chain and the studio gun.
I also heard that a person from the seminar discovered Jay’s body first. What
AD: I can tell
you that when Jay was shot, there were people in the building yes, but everything
has been done to find out what witnesses were actually there.
Scoon. What are your thoughts on him?
AD: Haven’t ruled
him out yet, but we haven’t ruled anyone out. Scoon doesn’t appear to be the
issue, Jay’s immediate circle of friends seem to be.
Allen seems to be a central character in this whole situation. What have you
heard about this supposed insurance policy? I recently heard his older sister
was the beneficiary of the policy.
AD: We are aware
of it. We aren’t sure who the beneficiary is at this time.
AllHipHop: So there
was an insurance policy.
collected on it?
AD: That I don’t
know. Sometimes it’s hard to penetrate these circles as an outsider. I do have
a suggestion. The family of Jam Master Jay should contact a detective name Derek
is Derek Parker?
AD: He’s the guy
that started and founded the rap and Hip-Hop squad. He’s the guy they need to
reach out to.
the rap & Hip-Hop squad?
AD: The squad that
goes around and uh, watches the rappers.
AllHipHop: So there
is a Hip-Hop squad?
AD: Yes. Parker
was appointed by the ex chief of the department, Lou Anemone and Commissioner
AllHipHop: Do you
think Derek Parker could solve the case faster and if so, why haven’t they contacted
AD: The family
may not know who he is. The rappers in the industry knows who he is cause he’s
dealt with alot of them at one point or another. He was in Los Angeles for the
Biggie murders and Las Vegas for the Pac murder. Still to this day he’s a private
investigtar for his own company, Styles Security. Parker claimed that if he
is in fact hired to assist in the case, he would have it wrapped up in a week.