10th Anniversary of Jam Master Jay’s Death

Hip hop pioneers RUN-DMC create handprints in cement as they are inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, in Los Angeles. Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, left, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, center, and Joseph "DJ Run" Simmons, produced the first rap album to go gold as well as the first rap act nominated for a Grammy. (AP Photo/Krista Niles)

By// Mariah Craddick

Ten years later, and the mystery of who murdered DJ Jam Master Jay of the iconic rap group Run DMC remains unsolved. Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell, was fatally shot on Oct. 30, 2002 by an unknown gunman inside of his recording studio.

Police recently told the New York Daily News that lack of cooperation from witnesses has stalled the process in identifying the gunman and his accomplice. While they do have leads, many witnesses have either recanted their stories or cannot provide a name.

“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since Jay’s death,” Mizell’s partner Darryl “DMC” McDaniels told the Daily News. “But spiritually, he’s always with me. His presence is felt as strongly today as it was the night he passed away.”

Police are offering a $60,000 reward for any tips that could lead to a conviction.

Mizell, McDaniels and Joe “Run” Simmons formed the multi-platinum group in 1981 and scored hits such as “It’s Tricky,” “My Adidas,” and the Aerosmith collaboration “Walk This Way.”

Check out this throwback clip of the trio in action. Classic hip-hop at its finest: