Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Anybody that knows me knows that I am and was a big Gang Starr fan since the late 80s.

The homie Rob One (RIP) brought Guru to Seattle and that was the first time I got to connect on a personal level with him and will never forget them both. As hip hop grows in age we lose some of the real soldiers and pioneers.

I remember being with Guru in NYC when we received the news that Jam Master Jam (RIP) passed away and will never forget watching a grown man older than me crying.

That hit home with me. JMJ was the first DJ I met in '85 and as a kid that impacted me so much. He told me to stick with DJing and I did and I'm sure Guru's connection with JMJ was much deeper!

Personally I felt over the past few years that Guru was lost. I was always disappointed that he wasn't rollin' with DJ Premier and often wondered what was going on in his head. I know he had a lot of issues, but at the end of the day I felt he was being influenced by his new partner Solar.
I was really excited that one of my mixtape fellow mixtape legends Doo Wop was DJing for Guru and traveling around with him and Solar for a while, but still in the back of my mind was hoping that he would reunite with DJ Premier.

There were many sides to Guru and he had some real issues that he had to deal with long before this Cancer hit him, but at the end of the day that is all over and this man has touched so many people Worldwide!!

His legacy won't be forgotten from Gang Starr to the Jazzmatazz series and even his other works and guest appearances. Keith Elam aka Keithy E. The Guru aka Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal please Rest In Peace now!

p.s. I read a disturbing note on Primo's blog. This is rediculous to me, but check it for yourself. RIP Guru. Hold your head Premier! G A N G to the Starr Son!! Haters took this shit too far son!!


Blogger Mike Clark said...

That was a great post B.

I remember when Guru came to the old station and we all kicked it afterwards at Moes. Real down to earth dude and I agree with your statement in that I hoped that he and Primo would have did stuff together again. Together, they created some of the dopest albums. 'Bout to listen to "Step In The Arena" now....

RIP Guru

April 20, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

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