2 Turntables And A Microphone: The Life And Death Of Jam Master Jay Reviews
A Must See For Any Real Hip Hop Fan.
Having watched it sort of put the music aspect of the story to the back of my mind and focused me more on the injustice. Maybe this documentary doesn't paint a true reflection on the shooting , maybe the truth will never be shared. I for one think that this was a needless killing more then likely over something petty or down to sheer jealousy, I understand the code of the streets but it seems like Jam Master Jay was someone happy to use his wealth and celebrity to try and help people follow in his footsteps and find fame. I think Jay would still be alive today if he was able to have let go of his past in the hood and lived the lifestyle of his fellow band members. A loss to music but most of all a loss to the people of Hollis, Queens.
I have 2 turntables and try to do what Jay did. But, this documentary is not good. It just basically kisses ass for 90 minutes from interviews from people you've never heard of.
watching this made one thing very clear. let me put it this way: hip hop lost something valuable when it lost Biggie and Pac, but there was more than 1 person who likely could have wanted those to very talented people to go down. they had a lot of enemies. jam master jay? that situation just doesn't add up.
it doesn't make sense that someone would want him dead, given how many people truly loved him and what a generous person he was, as we hear throughout this doc. but one of the people interviewed, the mother (or grandmother, can't remember) of a childhood friend of jay summed it up very well: jealousy is a very dangerous thing.
this documentary demonstrates just how influential jam master jay was, in a positive way, in the lives of a lot of people in hip hop. it's a very straightforward approach. the life and death of jam master jay as told from the perspective of many people who had the privilege of knowing him. it's pretty much all interviews.
what held my attention most was, of course, the section where those being interviewed try to figure out who killed jay, who wanted jay dead, and who was in on the plan. it's fascinating to see his friends try to do the math and figure out if there's any way that the murder of jay was *not* an inside job. when it comes down to it, it's a pretty slim chance that some people he knew were not in on it.
but the feeling that i'm left with immediately after seeing this is what a positive mark that jay left in hip hop and that his contribution to an art form will last long after his death. if you love hip hop and love to hear about it's beginnings and the people who were and are part of its foundation, you should see this.