50 Cent Signs On As Executive Producer Of 'Intense' Jam Master Jay Documentary
We already know that 50 Cent is releasing the movie "Before I Self Destruct" alongside his album of the same title. However, the Queens mogul told MTV News exclusively on Friday that he's planning to add even more to the set when it drops in December 9. For a limited time, he'll also be distributing the documentary "Two Turntables and a Microphone," which centers on the life, legacy and untimely death of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay.
"It's intense," he said.
The documentary was produced in part by JMJ's cousin, Stephon "Phonz" Watford, and 50 Cent was recently brought in as an executive producer
"Phonz was working on that project for five years," 50 explained. "He came to me, and I shot my [interview] portion that's on the documentary. We met in Atlanta the first time and ended up shooting in Amsterdam."
Besides Fif, some of Jay's other protégés and peers — such as Onyx, Rev Run and Russell Simmons — as well as some of his childhood friends sat down to talk for the cameras. Although the filmmakers don't come out and say who they think the killer is, they do infer that at least two people in Jay's inner circle know who committed the atrocious crime. Jason " Jam Master Jay" Mizell was gunned down six years ago this week while in his Queens studio. Although several theories have been reported and rumored over the years, the police have never officially named a suspect in the case. The case remains unsolved.
"It's not a random act of violence," 50 opined. "People just don't walk in your studio, shoot and kill you with several other people around, and no one knows anything. I believe the documentary sheds light on it — a little bit. It creates a clearer picture of what actually happened at that point. People just heard, 'Jam Master Jay got shot.' They don't understand the circumstances. [The film] creates some clarity."
Anyone that knows 50's history knows that JMJ was an early mentor, giving 50 his first real step into the music business.
"He was somebody who impacted my career — you can say in the biggest way," 50 remembered. " 'Cause in my career, I was just in the infant stages, developing my song structure around Jay. The first time I was in the studio, [it was] with intentions of recording songs for an album with Jam Master Jay. He taught me how to count bars. I could rap already. I knew what I wanted to say, but he was showing me how I had to get it out around the right time. [He would say,] 'That sounds crazy, you have to say it earlier in this verse.' "
Jam Master Jay's family is planning to commemorate his memory this year with a candlelight vigil on Thursday in Queens and a memorial tribute in Brooklyn on Saturday. For more information, see the Jam Master Jay Foundation 4 Youth MySpace page.