In the third and final portion of AllHipHop.com's interview with Jam Master Jay's nephew Boe Scaggz, a number of controversial theories about the pioneering DJ's murder are explored. It had been reported that Jay's death was the result of a drug deal gone bad, after he and several associates allegedly traveled to Baltimore to sell multiple kilos of cocaine.
In this portion of the interview, Jay's alleged drug dealing, his association with 50 Cent and his possible association with Jimmy Henchman are examined. This is significant because Jimmy Henchman is accused of laundering cocaine and drug money through recording studios, using cases to store musical equipment.
Street View of JMJ's Studio
Sources have stated that on at least one occasion, Jam Master Jay drove to Baltimore in a luxury car, allegedly filled with cocaine, supposedly stuffed in his turntable cases, although this is merely speculation and not an accusation to tarnish his legacy.
Check out some unreleased footage of Jam Master Jay chilling in a hotel room with his friend, Eric "Shake" James, at the end of this article.
AllHipHop.com: It was widely reported that Jay was dabbling with dealing drugs, particularly cocaine. Did you ever hear about Jay dealing drugs?
Boe: Jay wasn't into that. He wasn't into dealing with drugs or no s**t like that. I mean, I heard people say things like that, like I hear the streets talking. He wasn't into hustling drugs and all that. He was too busy making his own career and making a career for his nephew and trying to make sure his sons is cool. His brothers and sisters were straight. He wasn't worried about moving no drugs. I heard about, what's this dude's name, Chris Run (Jay's driver). He said some crazy s**t like that, like him and Jay were traveling somewhere with drugs and s**t like that.
AllHipHop.com: I heard he was ripped off by a dude named Yaqin, in Baltimore and he owed some money from a coke deal gone bad.
Boe: Dumb. Even if Jay took you down somewhere to go meet some ni**as that he knew that's gangsters because you know, he's from the street. Just because you know a certain type of people don't mean you're involved with the same thing they involved with. I know a whole bunch of different types of motherf**kers. I know rich ni**as, that don't mean I'm rich. I know broke ni**as that sleep on the street, I ain't a broke ni**a on the street, but I know some of these people. It don't make me the same way as them.
AllHipHop.com: Queens has a hip-hop community that's produced some of the world's best hip-hop acts. What do you think of this whole Jimmy Henchman situation? That definitely has ties to Queens in that Stretch Walker, who was originally present when Tupac was shot at the Quad in 1994, was supposedly killed by Tinard Washington. I've heard that Jimmy was associated with Jay and the Queens hip-hop scene early on. I even heard he visited the studio.
Boe: No, I don't really remember Jimmy, but Randy used to always ask me do I remember Jimmy. Like "you don't remember Jimmy?" Nah, I don't remember him. The whole thing with Stretch and all that, that's them ni**as. That's them ni**as, man. He got himself in some s**t, but I don't even know him.
Lowell "Lodi Mac" Fletcher
AllHipHop.com: No doubt. Well the reason I ask that is I heard Randy was somehow associating with Henchman before and after Jam Master Jay's murder. It's a small community so being friends isn't a crime. It was interesting that Randy put out a diss record towards 50 Cent after the documentary came out.
He was also cool with Jimmy Henchman when he put the diss record out. I also heard there was a loose connection between the death of 50's boy Lodi Mac and the JMJ case, but I think it was just rumors from the streets.
Boe: I don't think Rand's doing so much rapping and all that anymore. I'm not really sure about him doing a little rapping and s**t like that, but I don't really know why he even made a diss record for 50. Maybe he was just feeling some kind of way. Maybe he just felt some kind of way about 50. I didn't think that was cool that he did that. I think if you want to diss somebody, you've got to really do some real, real hot s**t, and I don't think this record was good enough to even be put out there like that.
AllHipHop.com: Yea 50 put a little line in the song where he basically threw Randy under the bus in the track, saying he was there, even if he didn't do it. You don't think Randy was actually complicit in it and that he's just not telling anybody?
Boe: I believe all of them know more than what I know about that. I know what everybody wants to hear them say, but what if they don't know what everybody wants them to say? But I know that they know more than what I know, and they know more about what happened to Jay than I do. And I think that soon, people are going to go "hey Randy, say something." I don't know where he is now. But I've got a feeling that ni**a's going to be hearing something about him and about Jay's case and everything real soon. Randy's the person that doesn't get a benefit from it, not one bit.
AllHipHop.com: He told me his life was hell afterwards. He said police were following him and other people in the neighborhood wanted to kill him.
Boe: Look, he's not rich. Nothing happened spectacularly for that man since Jay died…if I'm playing and part of a scheme to do something for you, then obviously there's got to be some kind of reward in it for me. I ran into Randy in Miami, and we didn't really speak that much. This was just kind of a what's up? Kind of like shocked because we hadn't seen each other since 2003. I'm lying, we seen at each other at the Jam Awards, the one year they had the Jam Awards with Jay, I was there. I seen him at the Jam Awards.
AllHipHop.com: Yeah I was there, that was at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
Boe: Yep, at the Hammerstein. That was me and Randy hadn't spoken, because we had a falling out. It didn't really have nothing to do with Jay why me and him weren't kicking it, because if you remember, after Jay passed I was with him a lot of times. And he was getting threats. Like Marvin, even though Marvin's Jay's brother, he wasn't there with me and Randy every day. He wasn't here every single day of our life. Like every day we woke up, we had the same routine. Randy comes to get me, we call Jay, meet him at the studio.
AllHipHop.com: Marvin, I know he was running the JMJ foundation for a while. You know, what's up with that? Do you ever speak to Marvin or any of the other family members?
Boe: Yeah, I talk to my uncle all the time. Me and Marvin, we talk all the time. That's my uncle. Actually, he got a record label that he's starting up, he and my grandmother, they've got a company that they're starting and I'm actually kind of helping out. I was going to be the first artist off of their label. Not really signed to them, but just to help boost the label up and things like that. Help to get some artists and stuff like that. So I've got a song called Jam Master Jay that I was going to release, a song that the label's putting out.