New York police and a man some media outlets have sought to implicate in the slaying of Jam Master Jay have come forward to dispel the allegations.
"You can't believe everything you read. That's a cruel thing to do to Jam Master Jay," Jay's childhood friend, a dejected Randy Allen, said Thursday (December 12).
Up until a few days ago, Allen — who raps under the name MDR and is one half of Rusty Waters, a group Jay put together and produced (see "Jam Master Jay's Final Project, Rusty Waters, Due In March") — was excited about getting the word out about his new single, "Cornbread."
Now he just wants to tell everybody not to believe the stories that suggest he was involved in Jay's killing.
Reports attributing information to an unnamed source said Allen was being investigated by the NYPD for setting Jay up to be gunned down on October 30 (see "Jam Master Jay, Run-DMC DJ, Killed In Shooting"). The motive, theoretically, was that Allen wanted to cash in a $500,000 life insurance policy he took out on Jay.
On Thursday, police investigating the case put no credence in the theory, and Allen professed his innocence, calling the stories cruel speculation. He also expressed fear that the allegations could jeopardize his life, and he's contemplating legal action against some of the media outlets running the reports.
"It took me for a spin," he said. "That's the meanest thing you can do to somebody, to say that their best friend is involved with something like that. On the radio yesterday they said I was in jail. We make records, man. We're not into life insurance and sh-- like that. That's not a part of none of nobody in my clique. We don't go around worrying about things like that. It's all crazy. The part of it that hurts me the most is that's just some made up sh--. I don't know why somebody would do that.
"You can't speculate on certain things because [the situation] is too real," he continued. "I am afraid that I may walk out and some crazy person that don't know me and Jay was buddies and we had business together and he showed me the game, might wanna come up and try to harm me. I am in a crazy situation. But my man Jay always told me sh-- always happens for a reason. I'm'a sit back and just wait till the cops catch the guys."
Allen wouldn't reveal what authorities have told him about the case, and although no suspects have been named, investigators remain optimistic about solving the crime.
"It's rough, man," said Allen, who raps with Jay's nephew Boe Skagz in Rusty Waters. "It's real hard, because you can't wake up in the morning and call your homey. You can't reach out for that advice. What keeps us going is that Jay put together a situation and he had a plan for [his production company] Hot Ta Def and Rusty Waters. It's what we talked about for years. My whole thing now is to keep what he wanted tight. I just gotta keep it alive. Other than that, man, it's rough out there. Losing Jay changed all our worlds."
Rusty Waters have just released their debut single, "Cornbread," and its video. A self-titled LP is due early next year.
Besides co-producing cuts on the album, such as "Cornbread," Allen and Jam Master Jay have worked together since 1991, molding soundscapes for artists such as Onyx, Jayo Felony, the Fam-Lee, Run-DMC and 50 Cent.