Hip-Hop News: 2 Charged in Jam Master Jay Murder, RZA’s Ice Cream Truck Jingle, Upcoming RTJ & Future Vinyl LPs + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 17, 2020 07:16pm | Post a Comment

Almost a full two decades later, in what frustratingly appeared to have become yet another unsolved murder mystery case, the killers of hip-hop legend Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. have been finally brought to justice. Earlier today the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York announced that both Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington had been indicted as conspirators in the October 2002 fatal shooting of the [then 37 year old] pioneering hip-hop artist born Jason Mizell inside his Jamaica, Queens NY recording studio. 

While today’s announcement may be welcome news to hip-hop music fans and admirers of the early era turntablist it is also bittersweet. That’s because the indictment also alleges that Mizell was not some victimless bystander in the wrong place at the wrong time but, according to the US Attorney’s statement, that the artist had been personally involved in transporting kilogram-quantities of cocaine since the mid nineties. Stay tuned for more details on this case that, you can bet money, will become yet another drug-themed Netflix series based on true events.

RZA on Recording Replacement Ice Cream Truck Jingle (August 2020)

As seemingly innocent sounding that familiar age-old ice cream truck jingle (heard below) might appear, as many already know, the “Turkey in the Straw” song used for years is mired in racist roots. And now RZA of Wu-Tang Clan fame has come to the rescue by recording a new replacement ice cream truck jingle. This after the folks at Good Humor hired him to do so and right the wrongs of the past. This comes a couple of months after the ice cream company took to social media to outline the song’s controversial history. The traditional American song, that itself draws part of its melody from an old Irish ballad, dates back to the 1800’s and for several decades, up until the 1930’s, was regularly part of the soundtrack to minstrel shows performed in blackface. 

Most disturbing is that the melody has been used for both the racist minstrel song “Old Zip Coon” (1917 shellac 78 RPM pressing by Columbia Records pictured left) and for the song “Nigger Love A Watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!” After hiring RZA to record the new replacement melody (as outlined in video below), the Good Humor company are currently inviting ice cream truck drivers across the USA to replace the controversial traditional song with the new RZA jingle. 

Ice Cream Truck Jingle "Turkey In The Straw" Instrumental

Upcoming Hip-Hop Vinyl Picks 
                                 RTJ4 Clear & Neon Magenta Swirl Colored Vinyl 2LP (BMG)

#2 Future
 High Off Life 2LP vinyl (Epic)

#3 Aloe Blacc
 All Love Everything LP vinyl (BMG)

#4 Lil Yachty
 Lil Boat 3 2LP vinyl (Quality Control)
Among the upcoming hip-hop vinyl releases, most of which can be pre-ordered from Amoeba, is the latest from Run The Jewels. This anticipated fourth collaborative installment from the hip-hop power duo comprised of Killer Mike and El-P, drops on September 18th in colored vinyl versions that can be pre-ordered now; RTJ4 Clear & Neon Magenta Swirl Colored Vinyl 2LP and the RTJ4 Clear & Neon Magenta Swirl Colored Vinyl 2LP  versions. You can also pre-order this upcoming BMG release on disc format; RTJ4 CD. In related news RTJ4 collaborator Travis Barker (on the song “All Due Respect”) also collaborated with Mike and El P on the non-album song “Forever" for which all the proceeds will be going to the Next Level Boys Academy, a charity that Killer Mike works closely with focused on helping young men avoid prison & develop into stable members of society. 
Future’s much hyped 21 track double album High Off Life 2LP vinyl (Epic) will be available to order from Amoeba on its release date, this Friday August 21st, at exactly 12am as does the High Off Life CDversion  of the new release by the ATL rapper. Meanwhile you can pre-order now the upcoming September 25th album by fellow Georgia rapper Lil Yachty Lil Boat 3 2LP vinyl (Quality Control) that is also avail for pre-order on CD. Similarly the upcoming October 2nd release by Aloe BlaccAll Love Everything LP vinyl can be pre-ordered now on LP and also on CD.

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