DJ Jazzy Jay is the pioneering DJ and producer who helped establish Hip Hop as more than a musical form but rather a cultural experience.  He began spinning records in the parks of the Bronx and soon performed in such clubs as the Roxy and Negril before teaming with other DJs.  Jazzy Jay played a vital role in what would become Def Jam Records, not only as a co-founder of the label but he also created the label’s first single: “It’s Yours”  with T La Rock as well as “Def Jam” featuring Russell Simmons, Brass Monkey by the Beastie Boys and many more.

DJ Jazzy Jay

For a total of 10 weeks, will present weekly episodes of ‘NAMM Oral History’, courtesy of NAMM. Each new episode will feature a pioneering Hip-Hop DJ giving an oral account of Hip-Hop History from the DJ perspective. Stay tuned to for an exciting series of ‘NAMM Oral History’ videos.

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