2 Turntables And A Microphone: The Life And Death Of Jam Master Jay (2008)
Stephan Watford and Guy Logan's documentary both traces the influential career of Run-DMC's DJ Jam Master Jay, and looks into the mysterious circumstances surrounding his unsolved murder at the hands of a gunman.
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I'll admit that I knew next-to-nothing about Jam Master Jay before this documentary other than that he was a member of Run DMC and they are pioneers of hip-hop. I remember hearing about his death and not thinking much of it until this documentary. His cousin reminisces on Jay's childhood, his career and the suspicious circumstances of his death. The film stars off with happy nostalgia, laughs and anecdotes; famous musicians talking about how he influenced them directly or indirectly. Then middle of the doc focuses on the turmoil and drama going on behind the scenes between Jay's hangers-on and his friends and business associates. The third part of the film is hands-down the best part of the film: the suspicious circumstances of his murder. Was JMJ murdered by someone he knew? Was it a hit planned by one of his business partners? What did anyone have to gain from his death? Was his murder even about him, or was it about sending a message to 50 Cent? SO many interesting and thought-provoking theories and speculation. This is the part of the film that had me hooked all the way through to the end. I also loved the personal feel of the documentary. This wasn't a production from an outsider looking in. You were inside already because the producer was a member of Jay's inner circle, his family. f you're a fan of hip-hop (particularly old school) or if you just like conspiracy theories, I highly recommend this film.More
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