October 30, 2002 shattered the lives of more
than just the man the world knew as Jam Master Jay.
On the day the news broke, families, friends
and loved ones of Jam Master Jay's seemed to have cracked as well.
It's now apparent that Jason Mizell was more
than just a Hip-Hop DJ.
He was a man whom many friends depended on and
counted on for their livelihoods.
Like the countless of other mothers across the
world that know the horror of losing a child before their own life expires,
Connie Mizell-Perry is trying to cope with the loss of her son and the break
up of her family.
There's a saying. "Show me your friends
and I will show you your future."
If only someone would have shown Jay his future,
maybe the present wouldn't be so painful for those who loved Jam Master Jay.
AllHipHop: What did you initially think the reason
was for you son being shot and killed?
Connie Mizell Perry: I had no thoughts about
a reason. I never dreamed that he had an enemy that would want to kill him.
AllHipHop: Shortly after Jay was killed, there
were a number of theories about the motives behind his murder. Did you know
any of the characters Jay associated with?
CMP: I never met the ones that you might consider
shady, but Jason saw people as people. He didn't look at them for what they
did or how they thought. That's the way I taught him. I tried to show him that
we look at people for who they are.
AllHipHop: The theories were that Jay was killed
over an old debt. First it was cocaine, then it went to watches, then it went
back to a drug deal gone wrong, then it shifted to the people in the recording
studio. Did you know the individuals in the studio?
CMP: I didn't know Randy Allen's sister Lydia
High. She wasn't here when I was living here. I knew Randy from childhood. I
don't know what to think about that. I do believe it was someone that Jason
AllHipHop: There was a lot of press around Randy
Allen's name and the police said they were investigating him pertaining to the
events that transpired that evening. Have you heard from him?
CMP: I haven't seen Randy at all. I saw him at
the wake. I haven't seen or spoke to him since then.
AllHipHop: Jay's nephew Boe, who is your Grandson,
and Randy are still very close. What do you think about Jay's nephew being so
close to someone that is being investigated for the murder of his uncle?
CMP: My grandson is caught up in a situation.
Jason signed an agreement with Virgin Records, I guess. Boe tried to get out,
but they said he had to stay due to whatever contract they had signed. I don't
see him as being very happy with the situation. There are some things he may
know that we don't know, but he is still trying to work with Randy to finish
the contract. I don't see him staying with Randy.
AllHipHop: The day after Jay was shot and killed
didn't Boe go with Randy for three days somewhere? From what I heard, they threatened
Randy with police action to get Boe back. Is that true?
CMP: That was me. Boe didn't disappear. Randy
came and told Boe the same night Jay was killed, that they had to finish their
Rusty Waters record. It was a must that they finish it. He came and took him
to New Jersey or somewhere. He called his mom and told her that he wanted to
be with the family after Jason had died and he couldn't get there because he
didn't know where he was and didn't have a way to get back. They asked Randy
and he said they were working, but they were really just in a room. When he
left, he thought he was going to the studio. I got tired of waiting and I'm
the one who told the guys to call Randy and if Boe wasn't back in two hours,
I was going to call the cops for kidnapping.
AllHipHop: Was he being held against his will?
CMP: Yes, he was being held against his will.
Look, what friend is more concerned with that when their friend has died? He
thought more of making money, than having Boe be with his uncle, when his uncle
was always there for him. Boe called me to let me know he was OK and that he
would be home.
AllHipHop: Is it possible that Boe had anything
to do with Jay's death?
CMP: No way. He is still not right. Just the
mere thought that Jason is gone is hurting him and he's still suffering from
it. Jason was like the father he didn't have. He always took care of Boe. That's
the worst thing that anyone could have said.
AllHipHop: So from the inside there's one person
that's the puppetmaster pulling the strings?
CMP: That's the way I see it. That's Randy. Boe
has to go through Randy for everything, even to get his pay. It's fixed up so
Boe can't get his direct pay from the record label, he always has to go though
Randy or his sister Lydia. I knew it shouldn't be that way. I know Russell (Simmons)
and them didn't hold Jason's money when he first got started. Boe had relied
on Jason, who believed in Randy. Boe asked me "why would Uncle Jason put
me with Randy if Randy is so bad?" I said "I can't answer that."
So he was really confused.
AllHipHop: How do you feel the police are handling
CMP: I don't know anything about that. I'm the
mother but they wouldn't explain to me, even when I came up from North Carolina
for the funeral, they didn't ask or tell me anything. They haven't even told
me the status of the investigation.
AllHipHop: They have never told you the status
of your son's murder?