In a move that comes as no surprise, the two surviving members have announced that Run-D.M.C. has officially retired. The news came during a press conference to raise financial support for the family of slain Run-D.M.C. member Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday (November 6).
Group member Reverend Run told the crowd, “We were just on tour with Aerosmith and Kid Rock, and we can’t perform anymore. Nobody wants to see Run and D.M.C. without Jay. Jay was definitely one-third of the group, and a lot of people I was seeing on television was wondering, ‘Is Jay…was he a significant third of the group?’ He was. We split this money three ways and we’re not able to go back out in December with Kid Rock and Aerosmith now.”
Run continued, “Run-D.M.C. is officially retired. I can’t get out in front of my fans with a new DJ. Some rock bands can replace the drummer. People say that to me: ‘Are you the original three members?’ I say, ‘I don’t know any other way but to be the three original members,’ and that’s all I can say – is that we’re retired. Does anybody have a job out there?”
In related news, Russell Simmons has discussed what may have led to Jam Master Jay’s murder. “Fact is, I’m from Hollis, Queens, and over the last 10 years there’s been so many murders – almost nobody has been brought to justice” he said. “You know, as the conditions get worse, the economy and others and the first people who are hit … causes, you know, the root causes – poverty and ignorance, and lack of opportunity, you know, guns in the community … I mean, we can go on forever. Those are the issues that we should be looking at.”
Simmons also announced a $50,000 contribution by LL Cool J and listed Dr. Dre, Eminem, Interscope Records, Murder Inc. Records, BET, The Source, XXL, Redman, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Kid Rock and Aerosmith as contributors to the donations list. Besides paying for the Mizells’ $250,000 house and college funds for Jay’s three sons, $50,000 is also being set aside for a reward to be given to anyone who has information leading to the arrest of the killers.