In 2003 the book Jam Master Jay – The Heart of Hip-Hip [ISBN 0743476948] was published. The book was written by David E. Thigpen and tells Jay’s life story.
In 1987 the authorized Run-DMC biography Tougher Than Leather was published. The book was written by Bill Adler. In 2002 the book was reissued with a foreword to the 2002 edition by Bill Adler.