Jazzy Jay


I was the first DJ in the hip hop realm to play on New York City radio, on 98.7 Kiss. At the time we didn’t know how to break into radio. Most were just people who talked on the mic and a technician in the background programmed all the music. As far as what we programmed, it was something totally different. We were the personality, the programmer and the technicians, we did it all

Jazzy Jay, RBMA Lectures, 2007

Jazzy Jay (born in Beaufort, South Carolina, United States, November 18, 1961), also known as The Original Jazzy Jay or DJ Jazzy Jay, is an American hip hop DJ and producer. He has collected roughly 400,000 records. He began his career in hip hop in the 1970s in The Bronx, New York, the epicenter of hip hop culture during the first decade of its development, at the age of 13. An early member of Afrika Bambaataa’s Universal Zulu Nation, he was a protégé of Bambaataa. Jay later became a Universal Zulu Nation DJ and was a member of the Zulu group Jazzy Five. In the 1980s he began DJing in New York clubs such as Negril, the Roxy, the Ritz, and Danceteria. He also hosted a hip hop radio program on KISS FM and in 1984 he played himself as The Roxy’s DJ in the influential hip hop film Beat Street.