Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell of Run-DMC was murdered on October 30, 2002. Fifteen years later, no suspects have been arrested or convicted of the crime. The Associated Press is reporting New York City detectives admit the case has officially gone cold. Police believe at least four people were in the Queens recording studio at the time JMJ was killed, but authorities were unable to get information from those individuals to produce effective leads. As the deejay for Run-DMC, Jam Master Jay helped Hip Hop crossover into the mainstream in the 1980s. He was 37 years old at the time of his death.
CHINX DRUGZ : BIO
Born Lionel Pickens in Queens, New York, Chinx has been paving his musical path since an early age. Surrounded and influenced by some of the greats of our era, his sound is “I don’t want to fit in,” he says. “I want people to respect my music. I have the drive to be original and to stay true to who I am as a person and as an artist, and not create a gimmick with my artistry.”
Listening to artists like NWA on the West Coast and Wu-Tang and Nas in the East, growing up Chinx wanted to emulate the freedom of expression that his favorite artists embodied with their lyrics. Raised in Far Rockaway, he was surrounded by a level of poverty that drove people into drugs, the ghetto and the streets. While divulging into that lifestyle personally, music gave him an outlet to convey his experiences, his fears and his ambition. An ambition that still drives him today as a father and as a musician.
During the early years of his career, Chinx formed a friendship with the late Stack Bundles, also from Far Rockaway. The two created The Riot Squad and continued to record together for several years. In 2005 Chinx was incarcerated and it was during his time inside that Bundles lost his life. His death was heavy not just for Chinx but for fans everywhere, that had a profound respect and admiration for Stack Bundles as a person and as a musician. As personal as this loss was, it awakened the musical child in Chinx, who didn’t want the legacy that Bundles had built over the years to disappear with his death. When Chinx was released from prison, he started focusing on really making an impact with his music. Meeting French Montana through Stack Bundles’ close friend Max B, the two fashioned a genuine alliance. “We were making music together at Max’s house,” Chinx says about first working with French.
“I guess they say real recognizes real, and what is understood doesn’t need to be explained. We never talked about doing business on any level, we just kept recording after Max got locked up and we were just putting out the music that we were making.”
The work that was released generated a wave that grew to become the Coke Boys movement.
With the release of his “I’m A Coke Boy” record featuring French Montana in 2012, Chinx created a wave that perpetuated his popularity not only in the United States, but internationally as well, and solidified his position in the music industry.
Produced by Harry Fraud (who also produced for Mac Miller, French Montana, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa) “I’m a Coke Boy” was released on Chinx’s ‘Cocaine Riot 2’ mixtape, and was embraced by media, tastemakers, and most importantly his fans, with positive reviews all across. The song quickly became a club favorite and in January 2013 Funkmaster Flex premiered “I’m A Coke Boy Remix” on Hot97 with verses from Rick Ross and Puff Daddy, which took over New York radio for the best part of the year.
Along with other members of the Coke Boys, Chinx has been a part of several projects including the Coke Boys mixtape series, with the last edition receiving rave reviews online from magazines like TheFader, XXL, Complex, Vibe, RapRadar and many more. Independently, Chinx has also dropped his own mixtape trilogy titled Cocaine Riot. The last tape, Cocaine Riot 3 dropped in early 2013 featuring artists like Juicy J, Roscoe Dash, Lil Durk, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Puff Daddy and of course the rest of his Coke Boys family including French Montana. The tape garnered heavy attention with over half a million downloads online.
Cocaine Riot 3 isn’t completely a departure from Chinx, but rather than being boxed into one sound, he uses Cocaine Riot 3 to prove that he is a complete artist.” – Mixtape Daily, MTV
Currently Chinx is working on his first EP to be released in late 2013. The story of Chinx is one of humble beginnings and an undying ambition to strive towards greatness and fulfill a higher purpose. The tribulations of his youth and unfortunate dispositions of his early adulthood have sculpted him into a much wiser man, all while maintaining a certain undeniable charisma that continues to draw new fans in everyday.
Chinx Freestyles on Flex
FRENCH MONTANA & CHINX DRUGZ FREESTYLE LIVE ON FUNKMASTER FLEX
Chinx Ft. French Montana – Feelings (Official Video)
Chinx Drugz – I’m A Cokeboy ft. French Montana, Rick Ross, Diddy & Cassie (Official Video)
Chinx Ft. Bobby Shmurda & Rowdy Rebel – Bodies (Official Video)
Lionel Pickens also known by his rap name Chinx Drugz , Member of French Montana’s Coke Boys, Killed in Drive-By Shooting in queens. Rest in Peace, Power,Paradise .. King
ARTICLE CREDITS : ABC NEWS REPORTS
Queens-born rapper Lionel Pickens was in in his element and had no clue Saturday night would be his last performance.
Roughly an hour after cell phone video was taken of 31-year-old Lionel Pickens someone opened fire, fatally shooting the rapper. The windows on the driver’s side of his Porsche are now riddled with bullet holes. Another person was wounded, and is in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital.
On Sunday night, a constant stream of mourners gathered in Queens to honor him the best way they know – by playing his music.
DJ Babyface spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News. He was one of the last people to see Chinx alive, and said he didn’t have any problems with anybody Saturday night at the club.
“A lot of love from everybody,” he said, “the crowd just gave him the energy – he just kept on and on.”
Pickens left Red Wolf in Brooklyn and dropped a friend at the train on Queens Boulevard. At 4:04 a.m., police say another car drove up, and a gunman opened fire, striking Pickens multiple times.
“As soon as I heard gunshots, I ducked,” says eyewitness Raymond Rivera.
Rivera was up the block where Pickens, though shot, was able to drive his Porsche. Pickens then crashed his Porsche into another parked car.
“When he fell on the ground, he just laid there, he was motionless – he didn’t move, he didn’t scream,” Rivera adds.
Originally from Far Rockaway, Pickens was a member of fellow rapper French Montana’s ‘Coke Boys’.
In a statement, the Legion Media Group said:
“It is with a heavy heart that The Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel Pickens this morning. He was 31. Few details are available about his passing but his management confirmed his passing this morning. The rapper from Queens, New York was a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys. (Pickens’) dedication, humor and vision will always be remembered “(Pickens) was one of the most talented, professional, and determined rappers this industry had to offer,” said Publicist Chanel Rae, “Further more, he was a friend.”
An investigation is currently underway into the shooting. So far, police have no motive.
Mobb Deep will release their upcoming album The Infamous Mobb Deep on April 1st to celebrate the 19 year anniversary of the recording of their classic platinum album The Infamous. The Infamous Mobb Deep will be available as a deluxe package and will include The Infamous Sessions, a collection of unreleased tracks that were recorded during the production of the classic album and will feature unreleased verses from Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Nas.
The duo will follow up the double disc album with a super deluxe version at a later date that will also include a re-mastered copy of the original album The Infamous and a Mobb Deep documentary that was produced in 2012 by Red Bull. Havoc and Prodigy are currently on tour in support of their upcoming album.
Below is the full tracklist of the double disc deluxe album:
The Infamous Mobb Deep
The 1994 Infamous Sessions
Nas‘s debut album Illmatic, widely regarded as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year. To commemorate the project Nas will be release Illmatic XX, which will feature both a remastered version of the original album in addition to a collection previously unreleased demo tracks, freestyles and remixes. Today “I’m A Villain,” which is one of those early 90’s demo tracks set to be included on the reissue, has found its way to the surface.