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Rap star is shot dead in recording studio.

American rap fans were in shock yesterday after Jam Master Jay (below) a founding member of the pioneering band Run DMC, was gunned down in his New York recording studio.

He became the latest victim of the brutality that has surrounded rap stars but, unlike other murdered rappers, he had avoided using violence as a theme for records.

Two men walked into the second-floor studio shortly before shots were fired inside its lounge on Wednesday night, police said. They were still on the run yesterday.

The 37-year-old disc jockey, whose real name was Jason Mizell, was shot once in the head in the studio's lounge and died at the scene, said Detective Robert Price.

Urieco Rincon, aged 25, who was not a member of Run DMC, was shot in the leg, police said. About five other people in the studio at the time were not hurt.

'Rest In Peace Jam Master,' Run DMC's official Web site read yesterday, underneath a picture of Mizell.

At the scene, fans placed flowers, candles and remembrance messages next to a fence. Someone placed an Adidas trainer - a reference to the group's hit song My Adidas - with R.I.P JMJ hand-written in marker pen.

Mizell served as the platinumselling group's disc jockey, providing background for singers Joseph Simmons, better known as Run, and Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC.

The group is widely credited with helping bring hip-hop into music's mainstream, including the group's smash collaboration with Aerosmith on the 1980s standard Walk This Way and hits like Peter Piper and It's Tricky. 'We always knew rap was for everyone,' Mizell said last year. 'Anyone could rap over all kinds of music.'

He is the latest in a line of hiphop artists to fall victim to violence. Rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur were murdered within seven months of each other in 1996 and 1997 - crimes some believe were the result of an East Coast-West Coast rap war.
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Date:Nov 1, 2002
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