Snoop Dogg, EPMD Bolster J.A.M. Awards
The first annual J.A.M. Awards took place last night (Nov. 29) at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, with multiple artists paying tribute to the late Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C.The first annual J.A.M. Awards took place last night (Nov. 29) at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, with multiple artists paying tribute to the late Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C.
J.A.M. is an acronym for Justice, Arts and Music, which were the three categories awards were presented in. Chuck D of Public Enemy was given the Justice award, presumably for his social conscious work; graffiti artist Lee Quinones received the Arts Award and Wyclef Jean received the Music Award.
Foundation board member Ivan Taback was also presented with an honorary J.A.M. Award for his behind-the-scenes work with the foundation and event.
Snoop Dogg and EPMD turned in the best performances of the evening, with LL Cool J bolstering EMPD's set during "Rampage" and DMC collaborating onstage with Snoop Dogg for the Run-D.M.C. classic "Sucker MCs." Snoop also performed "Gin and Juice" and "Nuthin' But a G Thang."
After a gritty performance from Brooklyn's M.O.P., Everlast offered up a cover of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" that seemed out of place amid the old-school rap vibe of the evening.
Raekwon, Dead Prez and Jim Jones also performed at the event.