Detroit (January 6, 2004)–The owner of the Detroit studio where Eminem recorded The Slim Shady LP was found shot to death yesterday in the facility’s Studio 8. PSN reported less than a month ago that the studio owner, Amjed A. (A.J.) Abdallah, had decided to sell the studio, which was listed for sale on December 15 on eBay, asking $215,000.
According to AP’s report, Investigators had not determined a motive in the slaying of Abdallah, said Detective Lt. Norman Raymond. A business associate of Abdallah found the 36-year-old native of Jordan on the floor of Studio 8, Raymond said. He said police recovered three bullet casings from a .357-caliber revolver and determined that Abdallah had been shot twice.
Abdallah had likely been dead at least two days, Raymond said. “There’s a possibility of robbery,” he said. “People who use the studio told us to look for some fairly pricey equipment and it was missing.” There was no sign of forced entry.
Abdallah lived in a two-bedroom apartment over the two-story building on Eight Mile Road, which divides Ferndale and Detroit and inspired the title of Eminem’s semi-autobiographical 2002 movie, 8 Mile. Abdallah reportedly decided to sell the studio because he was spending more time in New York. Raymond said the most likely motive for Abdallah’s death was robbery because expensive recording equipment appears to be missing. But new information about the threats could lead detectives to another conclusion, he said.
Reported today in the Detroit Free Press, police discovered that Abdallah had recently received threats stemming from financial disagreements with other people in the music business. Who made the threats and exactly what they involved was not clear, Raymond said.
Abdallah was well-known on the Detroit music scene for his percussion work with the band Howling Diablos.