Gang Starr's Guru Passes Away From Cancer, Opens Non-Profit

Hip Hop mourns the loss of one of its most respected emcees, the voice of Gang Starr, and one of Rap's true Jazz messengers.

Legendary emcee and producer Keith "Guru" Elam passed away Monday (April 19, 2010) in a New York City hospital. Just over six weeks since the former Gang Starr front-man was publicly reported to have suffered a cardiac arrest and been hospitalized, he died due to complications from undisclosed cancer after having been diagnosed with Anoxia.

The controversy surrounding Guru's hospitalization, visitation rights, and recovery with present musical partner Solar led to limited information being released to press. What is known is that the 43 year-old Guru had suffered a heart attack, gone into a coma, and despite reports of strong recovery, ultimately lost his battle with what has now been revealed as cancer.

"The world has lost one of the best emcees and Hip Hop icons of all-time," said Guru's producer Solar in a statement confirming Guru's death. "Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius." The producer referred to Guru as his "loyal best friend, partner and brother" additionally in the statement.

In a letter released to fans, Guru (who is said by publicists to have written the statement) acknowledged being survived by his son. The emcee also acknowledged his non-profit charity foundation, Each One Counts. "I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting," reportedly wrote Guru.

Those wishing to read the full letter, may do so here.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Guru relocated to Brooklyn in the late '80s, where Gang Starr released its first singles with 45 King as producer. By 1988, the group evolved as a duo with Premier, and released their 1989 full-length debut No More Mr. Nice Guy on Wild Pitch Records. The duo would go on to release classic albums on Chrysalis/Virgin/EMI, such as 1994's Hard To Earn and 1998's Moment Of Truth. Gang Starr's last album, 2003's The Ownerz featured Jadakiss, Fat Joe and longtime affiliate Freddie Foxxx. The platinum group toured the world and released several greatest hits collections, most notably Full Clip: A Decade Of Gang Starr in 1999. The duo announced their split in 2004, reportedly due to creative and personal differences.

As a solo artist, Guru released four volumes of Jazzmatazz, Jazz-inspired recordings with legendary genre artists such as Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers. Guru has launched two labels in his career, Ill Kid Records and 7Grand, where he and production partner Solar worked alongside artists such as Talib Kweli, Damian Marley and Jean Grae.

HipHopDX extends condolences and sympathies to the son of one of our staff's most-respected emcees, the Elam family, Solar, DJ Premier and fans.

UPDATE: Fans wishing to personally thank the late emcee by way of letters and affirmations regarding Guru and the music of Gang Starr, can do so here. DJPremierBlog.com, a fan-created website frequently in communication with associates of Guru's has offered to collect the visible testimonies, and has offered to print them and give them to the Elam Family.

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331 Comments

  • Prolific

    a true MC. we all meet our Moment of Truth...

  • King Africa

    RESPECT from Angola dedicated to the master of flow... RIP GuRu allways in our hearts and soul... now a Legend and true guidance...

  • DAMU JOKER

    dmn man...i was just listenin to you wit jada off the ownerz...you will be missed RIP BIP VIP BIG L; BIG PUN; & GURU

  • doom60

    It is possible that without Solar Guru might not have been as productive as he was these last 7-8 years. Whatever we think about Solar's skills or motivations, Guru trusted him for a long time. Comb thru the many YouTube interviews and it's clear that these men have a bond. Its also clear that Guru felt burned by the game and slighted by all the attention DJ Premier deservedly got. He couldn’t let it go. Primo’s handling this with real class: staying positive and honoring Guru by holding his tongue. If we really care about Guru we should do the same. Take the events surrounding his death at face value and respect his wishes. Respecting Guru's wishes means respecting Solar, who cared for him in his final sickness. Anything short of that is just immature shit talk and homophobic rants from anonymous eThugs. Its disrespectful to Guru. I believe Guru’s deathbed letter is his. I went to Morehouse with him and knew Keith fairly well. He was not the type you could manipulate even back then. Solar and Guru were probably well aware of the blowback the letter would receive. But I believe Solar did what Guru asked him to. Guru was his own man in life and he wanted to die on his own terms. Solar is willing to risk his career (and maybe his health) so that Guru could go out like that. That’s a real friend. I challenge any man out there to do the same. Solar may have even disagreed with Guru about some of this, but who the fuck was going to tell Guru what to do? He may have seen Guru as his meal ticket even while genuinely caring about him. Going a step further, Guru may have known that and accepted it. They may have been lovers. Point is, one can never know what goes on between two people who connect. Human beings are complex. And who cares? If you don’t like Solar don’t buy his record when he drops one. But if you care about Guru and his legacy, support his wishes with your heart and his music with your money. Stop the gay rumors about Guru. Leave Solar be. If dirt was done it will be revealed.

  • Mr.Crackee

    fuck this shit we just lost one of the greatest.

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  • Soulful Beats

    Peep this statement Premo released last month about the situation. Auido str8 from his own voice, http://rapradar.com/2010/03/06/dj-premier-speaks-on-guru/

  • Shawn71

    We need to celebrate his life and his accomplishments here on Earth no need to mourn i understand it is a human emotion but trust in GOD he is fine Keith (Guru) is in a place where there are no flaws!!He lives on just not here on Earth!! GOD The Infinite One does not waste anything your soul(consciounce) lives on after death!! See you one day my brother!!

  • buckeyewu

    I don't think I was hit this hard when Eazy, Pac and BIG died. This is devastating! Never again will we be able to talk about Gangstarr reuniting. Never again will we here someone drop so much knowledge with his monotone flow. This dude I knew named Chris, from Boston, had the GURU as a substitute teacher in the 80s. He said GURU would have the whole class freestyling at the end of class period to see who could come up with the most intelligent rhymes without cursing. Chris departed Earth in 2003. His teacher just left on 4-19. What a shame.

  • Jerz300

    I alays loved how free his flow his was. Ahead of his time.

  • GangStarr 4Life

    Hey Solar, try to deny Freddie Foxxx and Big Shug their right to be at Guru's funeral. I dare you!

  • MsB'fly

    My deepest and utmost respected condolences go to the millions of fellow people of the world grieving this Great loss. As a promise, I will continue to carry his guided wisdom and strength by knowledge and truth to thy self and those who surround me. I feel even as just a fan, that my views and definition of Hip Hop and music as an entirety has been completely renewed because of the forceful lyrical master we now mourn. None will ever be able to replace or duplicate what Guru has done for many of us... All we may do is to thank thee above, for allowing us the pleasure of seeing and understanding such a pioneering icon of this lifetime; One of the GREATEST and very latest... Please rest in peace, Keith "Guru" Elam.

  • Frank Topperlingstan

    I really hope this is not true!!! I found this over on the site: diary of a hollywood street king The Real Gang Starr Story: RIP GURU The rap group “Gang Starr” was born in Boston, after Big Shug gave it life with partner Keith Elam now known as “Guru”. At that time Big Shug and Guru were faced with the financial hurdle of funding their studio sessions, so they came up with a plan to solve that obstacle with a robbery plan…that plan was for “Big Shug” to do the jack and “Guru” serve as the getaway driver, but that didn’t work. Know why? Because when “Shug” was doing the robbery, “Guru” ended up getting scared and took off. So, the robbery got muffled and “Big Shug” did a three-year sentence for robbery. While “Shug” was in jail “Guru” moved to New York City. There, he ran into “DJ Premier” who just came from Houston Texas. Together, they formed the now legendary group known as “Gang Starr”. Gang Starr was doing well, and when “Big Shug” returned from prison “Guru” and “Premo” were rightly breaking him off paper. But here’s something what you may not know (which I always knew) Guru, whose real name is Keith Elam, was a homosexual, and he started dating a well-known homosexual from Brooklyn New york named “DJ Solar”. Solar (real name John Barry Mo’Sher) ended up breaking up “Gang Starr” because he pulled Guru away from the talented “DJ Premier”, word is Solar wanted Guru all for himself. I know this because I used to book shows for “Guru & Solar” and dude use to beat on “Guru” I swear!!! I personally witnessed someone walking in on Solar giving Guru a proper beating behind closed doors. Sources close to HSK were touring Europe with Guru, Solar, and DJ Doo Wop & Kool Keith with Kutmasta Kurt in Fall 2005. At that time the groups had an extended week long stay in the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Guru happily lounged with Solar in his flip flops and swimming trunks downing Hennessy straight and snorting blow by the eightball. This is the same event where Kutmasta Kurt got his nose busted breaking up a fight between Kool Keith’s crew and a concert goer after the show. Matter of fact “Real Connections” still owes about 20,000 euros from that event. Just this past February, Guru suffered a heart attack leaving him in a comatose state into March. That’s when Solar reportedly kept Guru’s family away from him, because he wanted full control. My sources even tell me that this “Solar” guy didn’t allow doctors to treat “Guru” properly. When I woke up this morning, I heard the sad news that 43-year-old “Guru” had died yesterday (April 19. 2010), from cancer. I went into complete silence, and said to myself “Life is too short.” Now, sources are telling me “Solar” is stealing royalties from the group “Gang Starr”. I guess “Solar” got “Guru” to sign over the rights to his name. To make matters worse, “Solar” is saying “Guru” left a letter to all his fans. He says in that letter (printed below), he (Guru) doesn’t want anything to do with his long time collaborator “DJ Premier” even in death…WTF!?! This “Solar” guy seems to think we’re all a bunch of idiots. Because, “Guru” wouldn’t say any shit like that while on his death bed. “Guru’s” nephew has been speaking about this matter for a while now. Don’t believe me? Ask DJ Premier. This may all sound harsh, but in fact Jacky and all HSK staff have a deep respect for Guru. One key component that separates Hollywood Street from any other industry blog is that we tell the truth no matter how much it may hurt or damage false images about an art we hold dear. Other sites would never report the truth rather they further perpetuate falsities. Today I’ll remember Guru as I listen to the third “Gangstarr” album “Daily Operation”…I always liked the song “Take It Personal”. RIP GURU!!!

    • dj strife

      this is bullshit, theres many verses where guru addresses the feelings hes had for ladies, plus he has a son. ... wtf !!!!!!!!!. .....did yz write this?

    • pop-i

      dude shut the fuck up a legend jus passed and already u start talking ur female gossip. keep that bullshit to urself motha fucker. R.I.P Guru

    • RIPGANGSTARR

      seriously guru graduated from morehouse and was a social worker but the topperoff or whatever his fucking name is gonna promote his douche bag gossip site i hope you get cancer and die

    • RIPGANGSTARR

      keep your gossip bullshit on your fucking site you got no class RIP to a genius and a god to culture no matter what anyone says his message is not lost

  • jimmy frazier

    1 of the best yet Gifted.Unlimted.Rhymes.Universal. like u said everyone must meet their MOMENT OF TRUTH and you was that truth.

  • Simanga

    R.I.P mother fucker we all gonna die soon fuck this mourning shit im tied of its

  • ginsumind

    I see many people on these various sites just all blasting Solar and the "death letter". Many, even celebrities are questioning the legitimacy of the letter. I just wanna say that though its quite possible that Solar is not quoting Guru, it also is very possible. Since he had been sick for well over a year he coulda been putting his affairs in order LONG before slippin into a coma. When a man writes a will its not made public til after he dies. Who says Guru didnt compose or get this letter written for him BEFORE he slipped into coma. We all know he couldnt have composed it AFTER!! Thats common sense. But if Guru saw his chances of beating this were slim last year or before, its only natural he would begin making his arrangements and preparing his statements. Just tryna give Solar and Guru the benefit of the doubt thats all.

    • ....

      In the letter it says he was already in the hospital with terminal cancer, & he had already been suffering from it for over a year

    • ginsumind

      Just painting another side to the picture thats all. I am not saying that I definitely believe the letter is legit. I am giving another perspective because thats what I thought forums and discussion boards were about. Sharing ideas. I didnt either man personally or at all.I just read the stories and see the comments and share perspectives. If Solar is an evil piece of shit he will have to live with and possible pay for it in the end. I am just saying that "if" they were that tight there is a possiblity of another explanantion.

    • Hip Hop I am

      Dont say "Just tryna give Solar and Guru the benefit of the doubt...", your not giving Guru ANYTHING. Your giving Solar the benefit of the doubt. Fuck that nigga.

  • Hip Hop I am

    Solar is full of shit and the letter is phony. Guru's dying word was to hype up Solar and diss Primo? Really? Fuck that. Both Guru and Primo always hinted to re-uniting. Guru's own nephew didnt trust Solar. Its a bitch move to use someones death to get yourself business.

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  • kpanilaryea28

    all of you should read what the other rappers are sayin bout gurus letter... no one believes he wrote it even other mcees. im tellin you its very suspicious. i've never heard anybody say anything bad bout primo and for his main partner to just be like fuck him i dont think so! i think guru and primo were on more of a hiatus and just went their separate ways wo any beef. i mean primo has no animosity whenever he speaks about guru so to me that is kind weird. usually if there were real beef both parties would be at odds with each other. primo has said many times that gangstarr wasnt broken and that they would eventually unite. solar is a king cobra and even other mcees DONT LIKE THIS NIGGA SO THERE YOU HAVE IT.

  • Vi.

    R I P - King of the Mono-tone. Blessed I got to see him live, i remember I was more tired then he was at the after his set he rocked it so long, and brought amazing engergy.

  • isislaz

    http://www.allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/04/21/22179319.aspx Guru's family has finally spoken. I hope karma gets Solar real good.

  • mkanyicy

    R.I.P. Guru, one of the best yet!

  • Always and 4ever Gangstarr!!!!

    Here is the article from the NY Times that a previous poster mentioned. Can't believe he was actually 47 and not 43, as was previously reported. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/arts/music/21guru.html?scp=1&sq=Keith%20Elam&st=cse

  • wally

    this is very sad news to the hip-hop world, may you rest in peace and power brother, give a holla to Raida above the clouds.....we'll miss you homie.... and as far as punkbitch solar is concerned, to write a letter on behalf of a dying man, spreadin hatetred towards premo, and basicially sayin in this whole letter how dope YOU are, and that YOU were guru's best friend, and that no one but YOU should carry on guru's legacy, is very shameful..... i'm a promoter overseas, and i'm thinkin to just fly you out here to beat your ass. but hopefully my mans Bumpy Knuckles will take care of that sooner.

  • The Overfiend

    One of my favorite groups of all time. It's sad to know that this fake ass fool Solar is doing this to Guru/Dj Premier 'Gang Starr' legacy. Solar has to know he's dead man walking now!!! Solar wrote that god damn letter. He never regained from his coma as his brother said in the NY Times yesterday!!! "He learned he had multiple myeloma last summer and was hospitalized for related respiratory problems in February, his brother, Harry Elam Jr., said. Soon afterward he slipped into a coma, from which he did not recover, his brother said."

  • chlingui

    Damn 2010 , After Nujabes We Lost GURU ..... Who Next On The List ?? Goddamn

  • cardan

    rest in peace to one of the illest poets ever.

  • Nkosi

    RIP to one of the greatest ambassadors of HIP HOP culture.! There are people all over Africa, Europe and the rest of the world outside of the USA who will attest to the role that an MC of the calibre of GURU had on their development as disciples of this culture. If you want to understand the magnitude of Guru, you must understand and comprehend the impact that HIP HOP has had on our global culture as a species. What seemed to be a fad which emerged from the alleys and backstreets, rooktops and parks of the west has become a global language more understood than MIcrosoft! This culture has made huge economic impact in many sectors - Entertainment, Sports, Fashion, Automobile, Recreation to name a few. I stand up tall today as I salute a fallen hero. I ask that you will also observe in your own prsonal way a sign of respect for someone who put in his fair share to enable us live and practice our culture freely the way we do! Everone knows the difficulty and burden one experiences as a pioneer in any endeavour. GURU no doubt would have experienced those challenges too. It was extremely sad to see towards the ends the bad blood or the perception of bad blood between GURU and Premiere. We as a family should learn lessons from this thta life is too short to spoil a good thing and GANGSTARR was more than positive! RIP GURU!

  • Nkosi

    RIP to one of the greatest ambassadors of HIP HOP culture.! There are people all over Africa, Europe and the rest of the world outside of the USA who will attest to the role that an MC of the calibre of GURU had on their development as disciples of this culture. If you want to understand the magnitude of Guru, you must understand and comprehend the impact that HIP HOP has had on our global culture as a species. What seemed to be a fad which emerged from the alleys and backstreets, rooktops and parks of the west has become a global language more understood than MIcrosoft! This culture has made huge economic impact in many sectors - Entertainment, Sports, Fashion, Automobile, Recreation to name a few. I stand up tall today as I salute a fallen hero. I ask that you will also observe in your own prsonal way a sign of respect for someone who put in his fair share to enable us live and practice our culture freely the way we do! Everone knows the difficulty and burden one experiences as a pioneer in any endeavour. GURU no doubt would have experienced those challenges too. It was extremely sad to see towards the ends the bad blood or the perception of bad blood between GURU and Premiere. We as a family should learn lessons from this thta life is too short to spoil a good thing and GANGSTARR was more than positive! RIP GURU!

  • Infa

    R.I.P big fella. Gangstarr is and always be one of the best hip hop duos. The letter sounds fishy to me. What could have happened that would make Guru nt want to do with Premier? Solar wrote that shit and doesnt even have the decency to write Preme's name. He refers to him as "my ex-Dj"? what a fuckin nerve. I remember Guru and Preme. never heard anything by Solar and Guru. at least not here in South Africa

  • Strangedayz

    Damn - how did Guru go from being a real gangsta nigga to softtalking shit like telling the world he 'manned up' with Solar?! Y'all blaming Solar and yeah he sounds like a bitchass nigga soft as butta and on the DL. But every damned news we got about Guru was how he was like he done got a new 'partner' and not just a music partner. Sorry to smash ya illusions but the nigga (RIP) was hardcore in music but softcore in life. Often these homos come out in their middle life crisis and damned if that relationship with Solar aint one of homo niggas together. That aint changing shit about Guru's achievements but it damned done explain why he and Premier aint getting along in spite of the classics they made and his bitchass statements about Prem and how he was 'tight with' and' being a man' with Solar. Y'all gotta accept the music biz not only attracts niggas with tendencies but also does some serious strange shit to them. Guru was a real gangsta and gentleman but damn - his later relattionship with Solar was a bitch one.

  • realrory

    A sad moment for hip-hop. One of the greatest MC's of all times left us. Great voice, Great innovator, great persona. Big up to Gang Starr & Jazzmatazz Volumes. R.I.P.!!!

  • DjRokMuzik

    listen to this and celebrate the greatness we got to enjoy while Guru was with us, http://www.datpiff.com/DJ_Rok_Guru_DJ_Premier_Gangstarr_DJ_Rok-RIP.m114200.html

  • bsmoov

    Yo I wonder what went down between Guru and Preme? How can you make such dope music for years then all of a sudden you no longer want anything to do with him??? We all remember Guru/Preme music nor Guru/Solar music. Solar is a bitch for writing that letter. Fuck Solar!!!!! Rotten punk is trying to erase gangstarr. GangStarr 4eva!!!!!!!

    • The Overfiend

      I don't think anything at all went down between Premo and Guru. They would always take some time apart to do some solo stuff/take a break from each other then come back. It's this fake cat spreading shit into Guru's ears and poisoning him!!! I can read between the lines and everyone should read alot of comments around various forums and websites and see what people have to say that have worked with Solar. They all will tell you he is a very evil person. That's the truth!!!

  • G-HYBRYD

    Yo R.I.P to the emcee who sounded the Best over a Premier Track! There were other Legends who definately sounded dope with Premier but GURU's voice and lyrics were married to Primo's Beats! Long live Guru's and Gangstarr's legacy!

    • G-HYBRID 2

      R.I.P Guru. Yo G-HYBRID i like that comment man. thats a good way of describin how Guru was my dude. Respect for that. Guru would be definently be happy with that comment

    • G-HYBRID 2

      R.I.P Guru. Yo G-HYBRID i like that comment man. thats a good way of describin how Guru was my dude. Respect for that. Guru would be definently be happy with that comment

  • Hip Hop Junkie

    "Real Djs and Emcees are the minorities" - Gang starr its even worse without you here guru R.I.P.

  • BEATDOWN

    R.I.P GURU YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE ONE OF THE BEST MC'S IN THE GAME I REMEMBER WHITE CAN'T JUMP SOUNDTRACK CAME OUT I WAS BLASTING ONE SONG ON THAT CD THAT WAS GANGSTAR SONG "NOW YOUR MIND" THATS ONE OF MY FAV GANGSTAR SONGS

  • Ether Q

    Rest In Peace to Guru and incredible guy A pioneer, you top 5 dead or alive I wish and pray that the legends of mine Would spit forever, never to die Your lines touched me, tracks was real You said it best, Gang Starr, mass appeal In your honor man I have to kneel Never forget your legacy, that's the deal Guru passed, when I heard I grasped my chest You and Preme been hot since words I manifest You may have passed but your legacy lives on Still feel your spirit when your shits on I'm a vibe to your spits when I pop the tape in Get a chill listening to Daily Operation You a genius with flows when you speak the truth A big inspiration to yours truly, Ether Q This just a free verse to one of the best indeed Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, rest in peace Rest In Peace to one of the best!

  • Anon1

    Wow.... R.I.P. Sad day for hip hop. I'll always have love for Guru and sorry but man fuck that letter that Solar wrote. More name drops than a Game song in there all about Solar?! Damn shame to take advantage of a man like that.... Anyway R.I.P to a legend.

  • RIPGANGSTARR

    here is a link to mr c's tribute hour on hot 97 let the god hear this shit in his new palace http://www.missinfo.tv/index.php/mr-cees-hot97-throwback-at-noon-guru-tribute-a-tribute-to-guru/

  • BALLS

    OH I GET IT....SO GURU WROTE IN "HIS" LETTER, "THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE THAT TOOK MY LIFE..."???? SO HE WROTE THIS AFTER HE WAS DEAD? AMAZING... GURU, YOU ARE THE GODDAMN ILLEST MAN IN RAP. I CAN BARELY EVEN HANDLE THIS RIGHT NOW, GOD BLESS. I WAS JUST GETTING EXCITED ABOUT YOU BEING OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND RECOVERING, NOW I HEAR THIS?? WHAT YOU DID IN HIP HOP WAS REMARKABLE AND YOU'RE ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS BY FAR. A BIG PART OF HIP HOP HAS DIED IN MY OPINION, NOW THAT GANGSTARR WILL NEVER MAKE ANOTHER ALBUM, AND GURU IS GONE... R.I.P TO A MAN THAT WAS AMAZING IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE WORD...

  • sum_body

    fuck vh1 for not honoring gang starr in the hhh b4 he dies. now i heard they honoring the"dirty south". WTFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry 4 the negative people, but that just pisses me off

  • RePtStA625

    DAMN SON! Rest In Peace "GURU" One of thee best emcee's ever "In Memory Of" GANGSTARR FOREVER! real hip hop!

  • mcmastermind

    One of the best yet. and always will be. RIP GURU. 1 love brother.

  • Bboy121

    the fucked up thing about it is that Guru was never given the respect and props he deserved with the likes of Krs-one, rakim, NaS, etc. His style was so unique and different, how could you not feel his shit?!?!

  • Bboy121

    the fucked up thing about it is that Guru was never given the respect and props he deserved with the likes of Krs-one, rakim, NaS, etc. His style was so unique and different, how could you not feel his shit?!?!

  • Bboy121

    the fucked up thing about it is that Guru was never given the respect and props he deserved with the likes of Krs-one, rakim, NaS, etc. His style was so unique and different, how could you not feel his shit?!?!

  • Bboy121

    the fucked up thing about it is that Guru was never given the respect and props he deserved with the likes of Krs-one, rakim, NaS, etc. His style was so unique and different, how could you not feel his shit?!?!

  • Bboy121

    the fucked up thing about it is that Guru was never given the respect and props he deserved with the likes of Krs-one, rakim, NaS, etc. His style was so unique and different, how could you not feel his shit?!?!

  • Bboy121

    Above the clouds is one of dopest songs ever. Mass Appeal...oh shit!

  • lamarkbeats

    RIP 2 my brother GURU Ur at peace now.

  • Herbert Babilonia

    One of the illest cats ever to bless a mic. He will be missed forever. Guru and Primo are one of the reasons why I fell in love with hiphop. Rest in Peace!

    • Herbert Babilonia

      yeah soulful, right now you got this weak ass dudes claiming their MC's but everything they has no meaning behind it. America seems to forget the distinct difference between hiphop VS rap. Gangstarr is true hiphop in it's form and essence. Moment of Truth and Full Clip are albums that embodies what hiphop really is.

  • Soulful Beats

    I'm still trippin off this shit. Seems like we loosing all the real emcees while the game is producing more and more homo cats. That 'Suckas Need Bodyguards' joint was a foreshadow of most the top 10 'popular' rappers out right now. I wished Guru and Premo could have settled their differences and made soem more good music. R.I.P. Guru, a hip hop icon.

    • Black Admiral

      I forgot that song..that was my shit....Gangstarr is infinite...Thats stuff with him and Solar sounds real funny style.....I remember he first time I heard Guru.....it was No More Mr Nice Guy on the station WPRB from Princeton NJ..Tony D who produced Poor Rightous Teachers and YZ was the DJ..they were beefing over that Lynn Collins sample....Damn I miss hip hop..

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  • bsmoov

    R.I.P to the one and only Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal. Solar is shady as hell I don't trust him one bit. As far as im concerned Premo is Guru's only partner. Premo is who he made his name with. Solar wrote all the letters not Guru. Solar is bitch!!!!

  • coolcat72

    Man i am still in shock. I remember bumpin manifest on the way to high school. Just a real positive emcee smooth voice delivery one of my all time favorites. I dont believe that fuckin letter tho I think thats some bullshit. Him and premier together was nuthing less than butter. R.I.P Guru i hope some unreleased material comes out

  • Tyson France

    But when are we gonna get a statement from Premo?

  • poetjrsd

    Just to make sure things are clear Guru wants nothing to do with DJ Premier... so make sure you're honoring the great legend Guru and not supporting Premier

    • jizzzo

      nah man that aint true........guru always PRIDED himself being the founder of gangstarr his whole life, i dont understand how guru all of a sudden says in that letter that his best shit was with solar.......? solar is pulling a bitch move writing that shit RIP GURU. and a big FUCK YOU to solar, i hope he fucking dies

  • cluckner88

    Oh man, such a sad day today. I was always a Gangstarr fan from 1993 and I'm 24 years old. Every album from Guru is classic and the best times of my life was when Moment of Truth dropped and the crazy thing is I was bumping "Royalty" and "Mass Appeal" yesterday on my way home from the gym. I was hoping and preying for another Gangstarr album since The Ownerz but too bad it can't happen. The DJ Premier tribute will be sick and as for Solar......kiss my ass you disgraceful P.O.S! What pisses me off so much is that there is only a few people that know or care about GURU. That just shows you how much hip hop has died in the past decade. I turned on the radio and the DJ made a brief update that said GURU from gangstarr died today and the female co-host of the radio station said "who?" AND THIS WAS A HIP HOP STATION!! And then right after they played "Roger Dat" by Young Money...WTF? They didn't play one gangstarr song at all. That stuff pisses me off because they should at least pay tribute for a day or two. Respect some of the forefathers, Gangstarr and Guru are two decades deep in the game and some of these fools don't even know who he is. You guys think this bubblegum Wayne, TI, Drake rap is what's supreme, you don't even know, GURU would kill these guys face to face, bar for bar, lyric for lyric. RIP GURU, if they don't celebrate your life, I will. Full Clip will be on rotation in my ride forever! I'll always miss you man! "Everyone must meet their Moment of Truth"

  • Rattlesnake93

    damn...I thought he was getting better. R.I.P.

  • gutter man

    A LOT OF MOTHER FUCKERS DONT REALIZE OR KNOW THAT GURU IS BASICALLY ALMOST AS IMPORTANT AS KRS-ONE AND RAKIM. mAYBE NOT QUITE AS IMPORTANT BECAUSE HE DROPPED LATER, BUT HE MOS DEF GIVES RAKIM A RUN- I SAY HE'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN RAKIM. LISTEN TO WHAT GURU SAID AND TELL ME HE DIDNT SAY A LOT MORE REAL SHIT.

  • RIPGANGSTARR

    NO ONE in the history of rap taught and preached positivity with the style ,grace but mostly the voice of Keith Elam. No one carried real life lessons without getting stagnant or being corny this dude did it from a pioneer till death. Twenty plus yrs! no one can touch this mans work no jigga no wayne no nas no rakim no one. he is the only mc i can say taught me shit a pops should have thats real shit. no one should sleep on the last couple jazzmatazz's either there all dope. I want a album with melachi lil dap freddie fox and jeru with guests all porduce by premier the whole GANGSTARR FOUNDATION LIGHT YOUR L's for my dude WE ALL MUST MEET R MOMENT OF TRUTH

  • Always and 4ever Gangstarr!!!!

    Just thought about that letter that Guru, "wrote". Why would the letter start off saying, "I, Guru" instead of "I, Keith Elam"? And just wait until VH1 does this year's HipHop Honors. Guess who will be invited? Not you!

  • MalcolmLittle

    "DJPremierBlog.com, a fan-created website frequently in communication with associates of Guru's has offered to collect the visible testimonies, and has offered to print them and give them to the Elam Family." ^^^ Hahaha, notice no fans created a SolarBlog.com...LMFAO

  • atamediumpace

    RIP. u will b missed.

  • loyd242

    The best MC that ever did it ! "code of the streets" "so whats up" "mass appeal" RIP loyd

  • loyd242

    The best MC that ever did it ! "code of the streets" "so whats up" "mass appeal" RIP LOYD

  • Always and 4ever Gangstarr!!!!

    Just got a link from Allhiphop.com with Solar issuing a statement. http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/04/20/22178550.aspx

  • Always and 4ever Gangstarr!!!!

    Lets see who Solar can get to appear on a tribute album and lets see who Premo WILL get on a Gangstarr tribute album. Superproducer my ass with no fans. Hope Premo gets to confront Solar and watch him turn bitch. P.S. Solar, I hope you are reading these comments. 100% of the people on this board hate your ass and wish bad shit to you, especiallyf you are trying to take advantage of a man in his dying days.

    • gutter man

      good point. premo's guru tribute album will be crazy! everybody real will be on it. Solar will take up rapping to make his guru tribute album! ha ha ha!

  • gutter man

    cant believe one of the most important M.C's off all time is gone. So young too. Very sad!! All you non hip hop cats with your weak posts -get a grip. real headz - we have lost a true master. He did so much to raise hip hop artistic integrity, social awareness, and skills. He defended and promoted the culture too the extreme and released over 7 classic amazing albums. He also spoke out against injustice numerous times on Gangstarr albums. Dude had a big heart for sure. G.U.R.U. -Gangstarr fan since 1990

  • Turkish_kangal

    R.I.P. Guru One of the best mcs ever..

  • Turkish_kangal

    R.I.P. GURU!!!!! One of the best Mcs ever...

  • MrBumpcap

    Brooklyn's Finest (DIVX Movie) http://www.sendspace.com/file/4pj0qh Enjoy

  • rae 1

    its between him and meth for the dopest voice in hip hop "gifted unlimited ahh fuck the rest yall niggas know me"

  • akim

    innaelahhi wainnaelahhi rajiuwoon May Allah bless His soul,full clip is my fav track of Gangstarr.Soler is a sneak He want to milk Guru s estate but nobody belives you that Guru wrote that letter you dom ass

  • bigjunexl

    THE GAME WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. YOU WILL BE MISSED MY BROTHER.PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS.

  • GTAsoldier

    Rest in peace Guru. :-( "Just to get a rep" and "mass appeal" are my favorite Gang Starr tracks. Classic

  • MalcolmLittle

    Rest In Paradise GURU!!! The mark you left in this game is one few are able to achieve, we just lost a true icon y'all!! He might not be one to the mainstream, but he's OUR icon...I say that in the present tense cuz even though he ain't here in the physical form, his legacy lives in his music and the MANY people his words touched and inspired!! Man I'm fucked up right now y'all...seriously FUCKED UP... Solar I doubt you're even readin this but if do happen to be, I hope you die a very slow and VERY painful death fam...and I don't wish death on NO man. You really think we're fuckin STUPID enough to believe that our brother was able to write that long ass letter as the life was drainin outta him?! I know people that died from cancer, and they couldn't do SHIT once they hit the hospital for that final stay...and you really think you slick, but not slick enough my nigga...I'ma pull your ho ass card real quick... "My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all ..." ^^^That's from "Guru's" letter. "The world has lost one of the best MCs and Hip-Hop icons of all time -- my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru!" ^^^And that's from the statement released by YOU(Solar) after Guru's death. Y'know, if you're gonna try and bamboozle the public, the LEAST you can do is switch the wording up at least a LIL bit!! "Loyal best friend, partner and brother", in both letters, with each word written in the same order in both letters?! C'mon son!! You been dead wrong from the word go, preventin the man's own flesh and blood from bein able to see him before he went?! FUCK YOU SOLAR!!!

    • MalcolmLittle

      Furthermore...if you're a Hip-Hop icon in his final moments and you're writin a letter to your fans, ain't you gonna at LEAST dedicate ONE paragraph to the people that supported you by buyin your music and goin to your shows?! I ain't the SMARTEST man in the world, but I HIGHLY doubt the majority portion of your last words to the world are gonna be dedicated to praisin one man, I don't give a shit HOW close the 2 of you were or in what capacity!!! Think about it, damn near ALL of the fuckin letter was "Solar this, Solar that", this that and the muthafuckin 3rd...GET the fuck outta here!!! Guru wrote that letter like you're a "super-producer", huh Solar?! SNAKE ASS MUTHAFUCKA!!

  • nadiroots

    one of the best to do it, always dropped lyrical bombs...words of truth 4 real...he will be greatly missed....RIP GURU

  • ohsokool

    Peace Guru. Will always keep spinning your music.

  • elage05

    r.i.p guru you are still my favorite mc i remember the first time i heard you when i was living in germany we didnt have yo mtv raps over there but my neighbors brother used to send vcr tapes every week of yo mtv raps and was hooked once i saw the video for manifest .you and premiere are the best duo to ever do it with longevity and the best quality of consistent hot albums ever ! you will truly be missed my brotha,i cant even explain how much you and premier inspired me with your music and just the raw essence of hip hop that you brung to this rap shit.I wish i could have actually seen you and premo live in conert you will never be forgotten .. one love my brotha rip

  • R.I.P. Guru

    R.I.P. to a true legend, I am 17, and started to listen to gangstarr when I was only 14 even though it was old school. thanks for creating real beautiful Hip Hop to the people much love from Denmark

  • Divine12th

    *First and foremost, I thought Guru came out of that coma. Well, if in fact he never did, solar's a fuckin' NUT! After I seen that vid of his nephew tryna touch base with solar concerning his favorite uncle, and solar basically never reached out to his nephew, I knew right then and there solar was a sucka! Tragedy always seems to strike when we least expect it. Just last night I read poem (blog) from a sista, speaking on leaving her man for a new man. My commentary for that blog read "This is reminscent of "Ex Girl To Next Girl" by Gangstarr...but the female version:"Ex Man To Next Man". When I awoke this mornin', the news hit me like a crisp drum pattern courtesy of Premo...CRAZY! May you rest in peace, but your "SOUL" shall LIVE ON... R.I.P--G.U.R.U. Divine, PEACE!

  • RICARDO MORAIS

    Infelizmente o hip-hop perdeu um de seus maiores mc´s; descanse em paz GURU !!!!

  • KillahKam36

    R.I.P GURU YOUR MUSIC HAS ALWAYS INSPIRED ME TO LIVE POSITIVE AND YOUR MESSAGE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN..THIS SHIT FUCKED MY WHOLE 4:20 UP BUT IMA DEDICATE EVERY L TO YOU. ..PEACE

  • Music lives in me

    Sucks! and all the beef'n makes it worse...We lost another legend yo... R. I. P GURU!

  • dillaDOOM

    Legend sucha shame he is gone the only positive is no one shot him, hip hop is losing a lot of great people now, hip hop is dying slowly,

  • ChicagoYallKnow

    rip guru, one of the best to ever do it. Those old gangstarr songs are amazing. Hope to hear some shoutouts from today's MC's for Guru. His lyrics were always positive and philosophical at the same time. Damn, I was hoping for a Gangstarr reunion album one day....but we always have the past recordings....he lives forever through them. RIP

  • byrdgang80

    R.I.P. Guru. Hip-Hop Royalty.

  • sum_body

    Seriously, hiphopdx should consider writing an article concerning health issues in hip-hop. many of the artists suffer from lack of a healthy lifestyle and in cases such as this, it turns for the worst. Hex Murda, Roc Raida, J Dilla, Baatin, Big Pun, Nate Dogg, the list goes on... RIP to The King Of Monotone.

    • sum_body

      @WITH LOVE GURU i kno he aint dead, but he suffered from 2 strokes. umm..health issue.

    • WITH LOVE GURU

      @sum body umm nate dog isn't dead man

    • Bauce

      Thats good to know. Just I assumed from some tracks like "Take two and Pass" and the album cover for the First Gurus Jazzmatazz

    • P.

      REST IN PEACE GURU! HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING GURU AT A RECORD SHOP AND KIDS WERE SMOKING AND DRINKING AND OFFERING HIM BEER AND BLUNTS AND HE TURNED THEM DOWN AND I WAS LIKE I DONT SMOKE OR DRINK, ITS BAD FOR YOU! LEFT EVERYONE WITH A POSITIVE MESSAGE!

    • Bauce

      Guru looked like an in shape dude. Idk if smoking back in the day gave him cancer or what

  • yeahbuddy

    damn this sucks alas we should celebrate his life instead of mourning his death he and nujabes were legends and legends are meant to die sad but true

  • fano231

    wow this shit sucks R.I.P. Guru one of the best.

  • Alpha+

    R.I.P Guru. One of the greatest.

  • bighurt_jk

    who starts off a "last words" death bed letter by saying " I, Guru..." Crazy! The only people who say that is right before you testify... Think about it...

  • HOVA DA GOD

    RIP guru we gonna miss you dawg keep an eye on us see you on the otha side

  • problemz327

    R.I.P Guru...that dude put in so much work for hip hop..smh...its sad it came down to this but there are two sides to every story...Preemo is my favorite producer of all time but its obvious these two had serious issues and preem was in the same situation with jeru,group home etc...either way Respect due to G.U.R.U(Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) aka bald head slick for all the dope music and all the work u put in the game...condolences to his family and i'm blastin just to get a rep,mass appeal,take it personal and above the clouds all day in your memory big homie.....P.S if it does come out that dude solar did some snake sh*t to ruin the gangstarr foundation legacy that dude better book a one way flight to the other side of the globe cause his fans will give him his just due if that's the case

  • Always and 4ever Gangstarr!!!!

    Just came of Premo's Twitter page. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Freddie Foxxx said something interesting about Guru having been in a coma for the past 2 months. If that is true then we all know that he never wrote that letter!

  • ShowTimeNY

    RIP to Guru one of the best to ever do it. My Condolences to his family. Gangstarr Made timeless music!

  • Ah hell

    RIP Guru. You have guided myself as well as countless others through your music and we are grateful for that. Gang Starr lives on. Fuck Solar. I hope your reading this and the guilt from the drama you put Guru and his family/friends/fans is tearing your conscience apart right now. You can never take Premo's place.

  • BJAB

    Wow... R.I.P. to a presidential emcee. Hard to Earn and Moment of Truth are going in on repeat.

  • yungwreckless

    RIP GURU,part of rap has left with your passing.this man is true hip hop,not fucking lil wayne,yo gotti,gucci mane bullshit.hip hop seriously needs a reality check.

  • isislaz

    Peace to Guru and due to my current research of articles involving primo and solar, I will say fuck Solar. It is evident in this article: http://allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2010/03/06/22141850.aspx Apparently Guru's family members have issues with Solar as well as Primo. In the article, it says "On Thursday (March 4), Guru’s nephew Justin Nicholas-Elam Ruff accused Solar of lying about Guru’s present condition, and using legal means to prevent the rapper’s family from seeing him." Solar followed it up by denying the claim, but if Solar's claim is true, then why would Guru allow Solar to handle all of his business and allow his son to be in his care rather than under the care of his family? Because of this, I do not believe Guru wrote the letter. Guru's immediate family are the one's who should handle his final will and testaments, not Solar.

  • I'm at work and bored

    RIP Guru. Fuck Solar. Guru didn't write that letter. Why the hell would Guru go out of his way on his death bed that he don't want nothing to do with his "Ex-DJ" That's some bull shit. I want Solar's head that piece of shit

  • hypestyles

    Rest in peace to brother Guru, gifted unlimited, his musical legacy is immortal.. blessings to the family, i hope that they eventually come to some kind of closure concerning this.. as far as I'm concerned, that guy Solar is a snake, even though I don't know him from Adam.. Guru's interviews in recent years had become increasingly erratic, and when they started being outright hostile to Premier, saying stuff like they were never friends, etc., I knew things had gone off the rails.. I just hope that Guru's estate doesn't end up in chaos. Guru's son deserves his publishing rights. I would advise people to NOT donate money to that "charity" in Guru's name, it is probably a secret way just for Solar to cash in, a slush fund.. Premier has every right to do any kind of tribute he wants for his brother in hip hop. same goes for the people who really knew guru and were down for the cause, before Solar swooped in...

  • Powernupe

    Ah man...this loss really hits home...RIP

    • BALLS

      I CAN'T EVEN FUCKIN IMAGINE HOW PREMO FEELS RIGHT NOW!!! HOLD YOU KNOW PREMO GOT MAD LOVE FOR GURU, HE'S FAM TO HIM. AND YOU KNOW PREMO WANTED TO MAKE MUSIC AGAIN WITH GURU AGAIN, MAN!! HOLD YA HEAD PREMO!!

    • BALLS

      DAMN RIGHT IT DOES!! I ACTUALLY, GENUINELY FEEL RIDICULOUSLY SAD...BOSTON IS GONNA BE MOURNIN FOR AWHILE, MAN........HOLD YA HEAD BEANTOWN...

  • NAME (NOT REQUIRED) (GORDON)

    Guru may you rest in peace. Moment of Truth is in HEAVY rotation right about now. Thank you for blessing us with so many essentials. An almost unmatched track record and catalog from the KING of monotone. Thank You!

  • rapteddy8

    Damn, one of the best yet, Gang Starr was one of the best duo's in rap history. R.I.P. Guru

  • DAC

    damn...another legand lost R.I.P. GURU ....MAY YOUR NAME LIVE LONG ALONG SIDE HIPHOP

  • DAC

    damn...another legand lost R.I.P. GURU ....MAY YOUR NAME LIVE LONG ALONG SIDE HIPHOP

  • NASON RICE

    DAMNIT MAN!!!! YOU WOLL BE MISSED!!! SHIT. I DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT TO SAY!!!! LOVE YOU BIG HOMIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kush nap

    i want solar to live in hell. fucking faggot kept eveyone in the dark through this entire ordeal. i feel bad for Gs family. who knows if they got a chance to see him in his final days. and i dont think guru wrote this letter. who disses a nigga from their deathbed? why would he diss premier before hitting the gates, it makes no sense. probably solar tryin to keep preem off the tribute wagon. i hope preem takes some guru acapellas and remixes his bullshit work with solar. dont buy any guru/7 grand records, the money is just gonna go to solar. buy the gangstarr catalog again if thats what youre gonna do. solar a devious cock boy, i wanna shatter his fuckin jaw. RIP guru. cant believe it. gave the kid a lot of science to think on. im lightin this next blunt for G.

  • Bauce

    Solar wrote that whole fucking letter. It would be an insult to scum to refer to Solar as such. Rot in Hell Solar. R.I.P. to the legend Guru

  • kself909

    Guru will be missed. Gangstarr deserves to be in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame, particularly for their contributions during the famed "Golden Era," which lasted from roughly 1987-1994. The group had an original, pioneering, and dynamic sound, and Guru's voice was one that should be in any blueprint for building a perfect mc. I'll be listening to Full Clip for the next few days in memory. R.I.P. Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal!!!

  • Davon

    Thats was unexpedted. But thats how life goes. One day your here the next day your gone. Rest in Peace to one of the greatest MC's to ever bless the mic.

  • Camouflage Camp

    RIP Guru, you shall not be forgotten. True legend and the legacy lives on,

  • renard Smith

    rest in peace guru he died peacefully and his music lives forever legend

  • GREENEYEDBLANC

    R.I.P. "GURU"..YOU REP BK TO THE FULLEST GOD!!!...BEEN DOWN WIT YOU SINCE DAY GOD...MISS YOU ALREADY!!!....ONE LOVE..

  • Markzilla95

    Rest In Peace my brotha GURU!!! Keep kicking them phat lyric's with Big, Pac and Pun... Will miss you brotha!!! ONE LOVE!!!

  • Snowgoon4:2010

    Rest In Peace To The Legend, And Last Things Last, Fuck Solar.. happy 420 to all the smokers, blaze one for Keith Guru Elam.

  • murdock08

    yea as im reading more i think its solar whos saying that bullshit

  • squalid

    R.i.P. GURU "above the clouds" big innovator of this genre and total icon. i do feel that solar isn't the nicest person in tghe world.. and handle the sittuation very well, and painted premire to be some kind of monster. etc etc... solar let himself overshadow the fact that who is really important was sick and dying in the hospital and need as much love n support as possible... you will be missed guru! the jazz master!!! Solar can eat a dick.

  • murdock08

    why dont he want premo to collaborate on any tributes to him??what went on between them

  • gmc

    RIP Guru, seriously one of the greatest lyricists of all time. I'll never forget how Guru's lyrics off of Moment of Truth made me appreciate the true art of rhyme.

  • Always and 4ever Gangstarr!!!!

    Out here in New York, DJ Mr. Cee, Big Daddy Kane's former DJ, was just laying in to Solar without saying his name. Saying things like if he is gonna do a tribute, he is going to Premo for his permission shouting out Guru's nephew for giving light to the situation and only playing Gangstarr songs, not Solar's wack shit.

  • k.k

    But they can't take the respect, that i've earned in my lifetime // And you know they'll never stop the furious force of my rhymes // So like they say, every dog has it's day // And like they say, God works in a mysterious way r,i,p guru

  • Its Um

    R.I.P man, I'm not truly fan but I respect the music that you created.

  • BigManOnline

    Damn, another legend in the game of Hip-Hop gone. That messed up part about it was he died from cancer and not from the cardiac arrest. R.I.P. My heart goes out to the family and to the entire hip-hop nation. Truely one of the greats.

  • Project

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Rest in Peace GURU

  • Project

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal Rest In Peace GURU

  • BK all day

    R.I.P. Keith "Guru" Elam....... You will be remembered by many through the music you shared with us!!!

  • Moment of Truth

    "They say it's lonely at the top, in whatever you do You always gotta watch motherfuckers around you Nobody's invincible, no plan is foolproof We all must meet our moment of truth My only crime, was that I'm too damn kind And now some skanless motherfuckers wanna take what's mine But they can't take the respect, that I've earned in my lifetime And you know they'll never stop the furious force of my rhymes So like they say, every dog has it's day And like they say, God works in a mysterious way So I pray, remembering the days of my youth As I prepare to meet my moment of truth" - Guru

  • L4U

    Man!!!!! SMFH!!!! I'm FUCK UP over this.....Last time I felt like this was over J Dilla. R.I.P GURU Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal. DAAMN

  • BBrownSkinLady

    Prayers go out to his family and friends. We will always be thankful for what he gave to the music world.

  • craftsman

    REST~IN~ PEACE GURU...HIPHOP IS DEAD NOW THAT UR GONE...WE WILL TRULY MISS YOU ...MUCH LOVE & RESPECT FROM CALI..1

  • heflys

    To hell with Solar! I bet he wrote that damn letter. Why the fuck would Guru praise Jamatazz 4 as his greatest achievement, or his partnership with Solar as being a "legacy before its time!?" FUCK outta here Solar!

  • Moment of Truth

    R.I.P. Guru either Solar and Guru were gay, or Solar manipulated Guru while he was sick and positioned himself to steal his money or something. could be either.

  • Hip Hop Junkie

    R.I.P Guru.. you will be missed.. New Hip Hop artist need to realize the love of the art.. The love that you had for it. You always kept it real. It was time for your moment of truth.. just wanted to say goodbye.. peace guru

  • kpanilaryea28

    IF PRIMO WANTS TO DO A TRIBUTE HE SHOULD HAVE EVERY RIGHT NOT SOLAR... GANGSTARR IS GURU AND PREMIER NOT GURU AND SOLAR!

  • kpanilaryea28

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK SOLAR!!! HE KNOWS HE WROTE THIS BULLSHIT!!!!

  • SAK

    R.I.P. Guru. What a great loss to the world. One of Hip Hop's true great persons

  • NOOOOO

    I am blasting Gang Starr all day today in memory of GURU. There will never be another person as great. Positivity and all that was in his raps and he will truly be missed. RIP and see you some day.

  • 357 NYC

    A lifelong fan since Words I Manifest originally dropped!!! Truely my favorite hip hop group of all time.

  • PREE DSK

    DAM JO ONE THE BEST DIED JUST THE OTHER DAY I MADE A CD AT THE CRIB DEDICATED TO THIS CAT I FELT IT COMING AROUND SAD TO SAY THAT BUT JUST FELT IT/MAY HE REST IN PEACE NOW NO MORE BULLSHIT CANCER,WE WILL ALWAYS REMEBER YOU GURU EVR SINCE THE EARLY 90'S HIGH SCHOOL DAYS,ME AND MY CREW HEADING TO THE RAEKWON CONCERT TONIGHT IN THE CHI WE'LL BE BUMPN THAT GANGSTARR TONIGHT WHILE WE HITTING THAT SLOW MOTION..PEACE TO EVERBODY DSK CHI TOWN REPRESENT!! ABOVE THE CLOUDS MY NIGGAS

  • avillalobos

    R.I.P Guru. Damn, this kind of caught me off guard this morning. Such a catalogue of classics Gangstarr had, when I think NY hip hop tracks like "Mass Appeal" and "Full Clip" immediately pop in my head. The Jazzmatazz series were pretty good too. All you new generation hipsters need to buy "Full Clip: A decade of Gangstarr".....such good hip hop.

    • Atlien10

      I know man, I am just recalling all the dope gangstarr tracks I love, they're so many. This is a truly sad day, God Bless Guru, 1 love--

  • big braveheart

    Rest in peace Guru you will never be forgotten. One of the first hip-hop groups i listened to and Guru caught me with his great voice and he is and was a truly gifted emcee who put a lot of positivity into his trade and gave us everything. I am truly saddened and very sorry to see him go as he gave us true fans so, so much and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and Premier and the whole Gang Starr foundation. This was just too quick and i am absolutely gutted. You will be missed.

  • wolfman

    Guru died with such hate in his heart. That letter was a sad read. Why so much attention to Solar? And on his "ex-DJ", publicly telling someone who spent decades with you...making music, friendship, tours, etc...not to make tributes to you. Talk about holding grudges beyond the grave. I hope he can find more peace wherever he is now...

    • wolfman

      He never really shitted on Premo in the letter either. It seemed more like a final word on the subject, and a request to keep it where it's been for 7 years. The two haven't talked in 7 years. Don't be naive, because they didn't speak on their problems publicly like some tempered children do. Whether he was in a coma the entire last months of his life is in dispute. No one really knows what was happening in the hospital. You're making judgements based on opinion, not fact. Regarding Solar faking being Guru's brother. I would do that for my boy if he was in the hospital and they had a strict rule of family only. Wouldn't you? Until proven otherwise, I see no reason why this letter wasn't written by Guru. Learn to judge thinks objectively, not just with your emotional sense.

    • WITH LOVE GURU

      WOLFMAN DON'T BE SO GULLABLE MAN. WHAT ARE YOU 14. GURU DIDN'T WRITE THAT LETTER SOMEONE WHO IS A COMA MAN PLEASE. HE NEVER SAID BAD THINGS ABOUT PREMO WHEN HE WAS ALIVE SO WHY WHEN HE IS DEAD. YOU CAN'T FIND ONE QUOTE IN THE PAST WHEN HE SHITTED ON PREMO. THINK WOLF THINK. GURU WAS ABOUT PIECE NOT HATE. SOLAR GOT CAUGHT BY GURUS NEPHEW FAKING IN THE HOSPITAL PRETENDING TO BE GURUS BROTHER. HIS NEPHEW CAUGHT SOLAR LYING. SOLAR IS A PHONY A FAKE A FRAUD. I BELIEVE HE WANTS THE MANS ROYALTYS OR SOMETHING. IT HAS TO DO WITH MONEY TRUST ME! SOLAR IS A NOBODY GIVES A SHIT. I HEARD THE BEATS AND BOUGHT THAT GURU 7.0 THE ALBUM WAS TRASH. GURUS LYRICS GOOD BUT THE SOME OF THE WORST PRODUCTION I HEARD IN AWHILE SOLAR IS A HORRIBLE PRODUCER LET IT BE KNOWN GARBAGE. I RATHER USE A OJ THE JUICEMAN BEAT THAN THAT. R.I.P GURU

    • kpanilaryea28

      YOU AINT LYIN YOU CANT SAY GANGSTARR WO DJ PREMIER I LOVED GURU BUT SOLAR BRAINWASHED THIS NIGGA HOW CAN GURU HOLD A GRUDGE AGAINST PRIMO EVEN TO THE DEATH? EVEN ICE CUBE, DRE AND REN STOOD BY EAZY E 'S SIDE AT HIS DEATH DESPITE THEIR DISPUTES. THE END IS THE END AND IT SHOULD NOT BE THAT SERIOUS THAT YOU SAY FUCK SOMEONE WHO HELD YOU DOWN FOR SO MANY YEARS. THIS SOLAR FUCK IS ONLY BEEN ROUND FOR SEVEN YEARS WITH GURU. HE COULD NEVER EVER MATCH PRIMO. THIS IS REALLY SAD!!

  • wueric4life

    First of all, I just want to say Guru R.I.P and your legacy will always be with us. I loved your music and loved to listen to Ganstarr on a daily basis. He will truly be missed, especially when one of our best goes down. My Favorite Songs “ALONGWAYTOGO” "Mass Appeal" "Royalty" "Above the clouds" “Betrayal” “Moment of Truth” “Rite where u stand” “Discipline” "Full Clip" "Words I Manifest" "Take It Personal" "Militia - Big Shug, Gang Starr " Tight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "You know my steez" TIGHT!!!!!!!!

  • Rodjilius

    we're losing way too many greats and not gaining many RIP guru

  • smokeylungz

    rest in peace Guru, your music will continue to be played

  • jdank

    whats goin on?! was guru gay? this story is getting wierd!

  • nikfuq209

    The first Legendary emcee to pass........ rip guru

  • Always and 4ever Gangstarr!!!!

    Come on Hiphopdx! Guru died hours ago, so the audio section should have Gangstarr songs playing!

  • guru r.i.p

    lets see how many hits super producer does now that his only client is gone..i dont know what worse his production or his attempt at writing gurus final words r.i.p guru

  • dapluva!

    Rest in Peace Guru Man i was just thinking about that jazzmatazz loungin with donald byrd man damn this shit sucks i grew up listening to Gangstarr classics like take the weight, step into the arena mass appeal you know my steez code of the streets guru was hardcore hiphop master of the monotone flow he said it mostly the voice and he was right rest in peace GANGSTARR FOREVA!!!

  • 420nicca

    so... no new gang starr LP any time soon, huh?

  • Par4eto

    R.I.P. He was sooooo big. He'll never be forgotten.

  • JHigHthe1andonly

    ...Let's face facts, although MC's lace tracks it doesn't mean behind the scenes there ain't no dirt to trace back That goes for all of us, there ain't nobody to trust It's like sabotage, it's got me ready to bust But I can't jeapordize, what I have done up to this point So I'ma get more guys, to help me run the whole joint Cultivate, multiply, motivate, or else we'll die You know I be the masterof the who what where and why See when you're shinin, some chumps'll wanna dull ya Always selfish jealous punks, will wanna pull ya down, just like some shellfish in a bucket cause they love it, to see your ass squirm like a worm But just as you'll receive what is comin to you Everybody else is gonna get theirs too I ain't no saint, therefore I cannot dispute That everyone must meet their moment of truth... R.I.P. Guru. May Peace be with your Family.

  • calibeatbox420

    Rest In Paradise. Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, I remember when I met in 2004 out in Cali. One of the realest cats I ever met, we just talked about how much we loved hip hop. Im in a loss for words. RIP.....damn this shit is fucked up

  • Sweetsauce01

    R.I.P. Guru. Take it Personal was one of my favorite songs of all time. Gangstarr was classic! I grew up listening to them. He did everything "Just to get a Rep"

  • Buddah Bless

    Never the biggest fan of the style, but definitely respected the brotha. Actually had the pleasure of interviewing the God on more than one occasion. Definitely a loss to Hip Hop. R.I.P

  • Geno The King of Godz

    Man thats fucked up. He beat the heart attack, but Cancer took him down. R.I.P. to a legend, Hip-Hop is seriously taking blows,

    • I_Am_Beast

      I agree with DJ Strife, I'm starting to think there was never a heart attack. Especially given the fact that info on his condition was like two weeks after the fact. That info probably would've been spread around the net immediately, there's some conspiritorial shit going on here, and it's not cool at all. I understand that Guru may have wanted to keep it quiet and not be seen or heard in such a compromising position but the holes in the story keep adding up.

    • dj strife

      i dont think there was a heart attack

  • dj strife

    where do i begin. r.i.p. guru. i remember being 15, thinking about suicide and if i were to do it i wouldnt be able to blast b.y.s. thanks for the music that will last forever, true legend, peace out to c.m. damn im really upset about this. @fuckguru...fuck you and the crap you call hiphop

  • deneeve

    Come and join hot tall dating club ___Tallconnect . C om___ has lots of sports fans there! besides, it's hot modelss, milfs, sexy chick s and handsome young men and chicks dating club!!LOL Don't miss out!! :-)

  • Quest Da Don

    Guru Iz One The Greatest Under Ground Mcee's To Bless A Microphone He'll Be Missed R.i.p To Guru !!!!!!

  • Dj Ns

    Damn RIP Guru U Will Be Missed

  • gangstarr4

    i basically think premier and guru fell out over solar and guru's "realtionship" if you knwo what i mean. guru probably died of hiv or somethinga nd solar kept the family away to keep tem from finding out. sounds suspect, but anyway, RIP Guru. That Gangstar sound is the definition of East coast Hip-hop. now that's a legacy right there

  • sactown

    i basically think premier and guru fell out over solar and guru's "realtionship" if you knwo what i mean. guru probably died of hiv or somethinga nd solar kept the family away to keep tem from finding out. sounds suspect, but anyway, RIP Guru. That Gangstar sound is the definition of East coast Hip-hop. now that's a legacy right there

  • Beat Knox

    Damn, that's cold blooded! "I Got Discipline Baby And I Use It A Lot" RIP Guru...

  • Gretchen S Winfield

    R I P my brother thank you for your music

  • realt4lk

    who the fuk is guru ? as long as primo still here i dont give a fuk.

  • GA 4 Life

    I know im getting old, all of the rappers who started the game are now leaving us. RIP GURU

  • OLDSKOOL

    RIP Guru, your music was inspirational and brilliant but that letter... something shady going on there, fuck solar i bet he wrote that

  • Always and 4ever Gangstarr!!!!

    Hey Solar, no one is going to be playing the music you and Guru did now that Guru is gone. All you will be hearing all day is GANGSTARR!!!!!!! R.I.P. Guru and Gangstarr!!! P.S. With all the enemies Solar has made in this rap game, he better protect his neck at Guru's funeral.

    • I_Am_Beast

      Yeah, it's kinda fucked up but I believe Solar has a safety issue on his hands. He's probably gonna have to lay low as fuck for a looooooooooong time, his career's probably done too.

  • RIPGURU

    R I P to one of the best 2 ever bless the mic

  • ron dion

    hip hop is officially dead rest in peace to the great on guru gangstarr fuckkkk today i will bump gangstarr for the next week

  • Always and 4ever Gangstarr!!!!

    Fuck that letter that Guru "wrote". Those sound like Solar's words and feelings, not from someone that is terminal with cancer. To just shit on almost everyone that gave a fuck about Gangstarr just to protect their name Solar is a bitch move. Whenever the name Guru is talked about, it will be mentioned with DJ Premier. I seriously doubt that Guru was well enough to write or even dictate that letter. When the truth comes out that Solar actually wrote this letter, you will be reading on hiphopdx.com R.I.P. Solar because that's just some grimy shit he is doing.

  • look man

    Gang Starr: "Peace Of Mine" That song sums up how a lot of us feel about current music. I've been listening to Gang Starr a great deal recently. I'm sorry to see Guru lose his life. Rest in peace. Gang Starr: "Eulogy".

  • Bob36

    R.I.P Guru, this guy Solar is shady, one day he says guru is recovering and the next Guru is dead for a cancer he had for 1 year. WTF

  • coolcat72

    Whoever that fuck guru cat is a ignorant motherfucka. Probably a lil wayne fan and also u shouldnt say shit like that about someone that has passed dumb ass. A true legend guru will be missed!!!

  • TokyoHolidayGangster

    The very first song of Guru's I listened to was "Plenty feat. Erykah Badu" at age of about 10. As far as I remember, that's actually my first CD in my life to buy by myself. Being as young as a 10-year-old kid, the song was just sooo adult to me and imagined myself to become a man like Guru when I would grow up. Now I'm grown to be 24 years old and realized this: just growing older doesn't simply make me become an adult I imagined of as Guru. There's something about the personality, not the age. Before I get to figure this out more, he's passed in peace now. There's nothing as "too late". I certainly respect to his death and make this my chance to dig out your productions more from now. Rest in Peace Guru, your sincere memory remains eternally.

  • RIP_Proof&Dilla

    Sad what to start the day. RIP Guru and my respects to his family. "They say it's lonely at the top, in whatever you do You always gotta watch motherfuckers around you Nobody's invincible, no plan is foolproof We all must meet our moment of truth"

  • CO.ZA

    R.I.P Guru, your music/rhymes played a huge role in my life. At times when a n1gg@ couldn't understand shit, Guru made me see. Hip-Hop is life! R.I.P!

  • CNO

    RIP Guru. You will be missed. True hip hop legend. Damn . . . . . .

  • FUCK GURU

    GURU IS DEAD, WHO GIVES A FUCK. THAT OLD BALD HEADED FAGGOT. FUCK HIM AND SOLAR. WE DONT NEED OLD DEAD WEIGHT MOTHERFUCKERS AROUND. I WISH ALL OF THESE OLD NIGGAZ DIE. THEY ALWAYS COMPLAING ABOUT THE HIPHOP GAME. THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR HIPHOP

    • frequent hhdx visitor

      Failure at the post...which most likely reflects your life. it is unnecessary

    • JHigHthe1andonly

      Your one dumb motherfucker!

    • gaetarick

      Guru "The Great" R.I.P.

    • i hate attention hungry cock suckers

      i've never commented on this site untill now but i just wanted you to know that just because your parents didn't give you any attention when you were a kid, except maybe your dad giving u a dick up ur ass, it doesn't give u an excuse for a comment like that just get a reaction. i'm pissing myself off right now by giving u what u want but u should know that karma is real and bad shit will happen to you now. I hope you rot in hell.

    • Cutty Styles

      You my friend are a dumb ass... grow up, chump

    • Mariano

      You are a dumb fuck that has no clue about great classic music. I bet you are probably one of those ignorant idiots that does not know the difference from real Hip Hop to the shit radio stations are playing right now. Punk as bitch!

    • CO.ZA

      You lack perspective you tit...or are you simply looking for attention? Well there you go.

    • GregRodgers

      Damn son...you must be madd retarded. Kid just died. I hope you are just a sad bitch just trying to stir the pot. This kid help make hip hop a household sound, and paved the way for these wack, gold mouth, southern can't speak a lick of english speaking pickininy asses. So if old rap cats can't feel your step-n-fetchit bullsh*ts then so be it. Again wack is wack....Guru is a legend....feel that bitch

    • wow really.

      @FUCK GURU wow you're a sad faggot homie, get past the music he was a human you fuck, he must of raped you and stole your candy huh dont be mad now hes gone you couldnt speak up and be a real man, i hope you live forever and suffer you sad faggot. real loss for real hiphop R.I.P GURU

    • Scott Biggy

      FUCK YOU BITCH.

    • daKobra

      shame on you..you can't break a legend. RIP lyrics-master

  • sun_god7

    Its a shame when people can not clear up our issues before they pass. Obviously Premier and Guru failed to bridge their gap and Solaar has benefited from exploiting that contradiction. Whatever the case - the best to Solaar to do what is best and correct with Guru's name. Rest in Peace Guru. Gangstarr Forever!

  • Music Bliss

    R.I.P nothing in this world, can replace what we have lost, You fought a very noble battle with an enemy that claims so many lives each year. Look down on us knowing that you helped found the sound that motivate millions every day. GURU was hip hop. Thank you for what you did for all of us.

  • ayemtee

    Damn, R.I.P. Guru. You were an icon and will be missed.

  • freshyboi

    cant beleive it man. so sad. r.i.p gifted unlimited rhymes universal

  • rensrock

    The legacy letter is a joke!!! Solar you will have to pay for all you've done!!

  • Black Admiral

    the best DJ/emcee group of all time.......RIP GURU...... Slide up to a crab emcee like this/Tap in the head with my mic like this/I be revealin that your weak to the world if you wish....

  • Rick Ramos

    Rap just lost one of its most positive influences. Guru is a hero to the community and his legacy will be hard to match. Rest in Peace.

  • WITH LOVE GURU

    R.I.P. GURU!!! I GREW UP TO YOU. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT LETTER WAS WRITTEN BY GURU BUT BY THAT BITCH ASS NIGAA SOLAR. SOLAR THIS IS FOR YOU F. U. C.K. YOU!! YOU ARE DIRT AND NO ONE IN THE INDUSTRY RESPECTS YOU. YOU ARE A FRAUD A LIER A FAKE. KEEPING HIS OWN FAMILY AWAY I KNOW GURU MAY HAVE HAD ISSUES BUT PREMO WAS STILL HIS BROTHER AND WOULD HAVE NOT WENT TO THE GRAVE WITH HATE. SOLAR MAY YOU NEVER PROSPER FOR YOUR DECEPTION!!!

  • ignite and imagery

    holy shit.

  • Articulate1

    This is a terrible loss. First Dilla a few years ago, and now one of the g.o.a.t. emcee's from the best Hip-Hop group in history period..."Its always the good ones that have to die". My deepest condolences to his friends and families...I have been a fan since the beginning and Guru was a huge influence on me as a teen and young man... Devastating news.

    • adrian smith birmingham england

      rip guru gang starr one of the g.o.a.t group in hip hop to many classics song just to get a rep and mass appeal my fave cya at the crossroads guru luv ya music

  • kjns

    damn, two iconic musicians in their respective fields have died in the last week. Peter Steele from Type O Negative, and Guru. fuck!!

  • rensrock

    Rest In Peace GURU!!!!!! We will miss you over here in France. FUKK SOLAR! I remember that bastard refusing to have a pics with only me and Guru, he wanted to be on the pics or no pics.(I'm gonna photoshop that pics BTW) And the whole drama around Guru these last weeks just confirm Solar stupidity and envy!!!! Condolences to all Guru's familly. GANGSTARR ALL DAY EVERY DAY PEACE

  • rensrock

    Rest In Peace GURU!!!!!! We will miss you over here in France. FUKK SOLAR! I remember that bastard refusing to have a pics with only me and Guru, he wanted to be on the pics or no pics.(I'm gonna photoshop that pics BTW) And the whole drama around Guru these last weeks just confirm Solar stupidity and envy!!!! Condolences to all Guru's familly. GANGSTARR ALL DAY EVERY DAY PEACE

  • breakuoff

    Guru was one of the best that ever did it from a jazz thing to dwykk to Mass Appeal RIP Guru these are the words i manifest

  • breakuoff

    Guru was one of the best that ever did it from a jazz thing to dwykk to Mass Appeal RIP Guru these are the words i manifest

  • Up North

    Damn. Life is so short. Thanks for the memories and rhymes that will last a lifetime. R.I.P. Guru.

  • Whatchuwannado

    "Scandalous, money greed and lust/In this trife life there ain't nobody you can trust/Plus there's no justice there's just us/In fact watching your back, it be a must/And each and everyday around the way gats bust/As jealous so called friends'll try to set you up/It's called betrayal..." RIP Guru GURU REST IN PEACE, Guru REST IN PEACE, GURU REST IN PEACE...(I can hear the intro to "Full Clip" in my head when Gangstarr gave shouts out to BIG L after his passing and the crowd chanted "BIG L, REST IN PEACE" Lost my grandmother to Cancer. It is a horrible disease! I pray comfort and peace to his family, from the Prince of Peace, Jesus.

  • miguel Guttierres

    Man, this just shattered everything. Last I heard, he had a strong recovery from his cardiac arrest. Never knew he had cancer. RIP Keith "Guru" Elam. My blessings go to him and his family and friends. Keep your head up Premo.

  • kpanilaryea28

    holy shit i think ima cry fa real this is fucked up i cant believe this! freddy please kill me in this nightmare!! R.I.P. GURU!

  • Joe.Callahan

    Peace Guru...God Bless! Thanks for the musical contributions to which I still and will forever rock, ride to, and pass down to the next generation. Gang Starr for Life!

  • Sensaye11

    Sparkin' one for the big homey. I love you my nigga. One of the most distinct voices from my childhood.

  • bballmagic

    shouts out to his family Guru you will be truely missed

  • Shefskitchen

    Yo, this one hurts... R.I.P. Guru - one of the Pioneers of TRUE hip hop... Legend in this game. Bless his soul, his family and all the heads that were touched by his music. One Love

  • chonseyt

    Guru Rest in peace Homie

  • RUGER DELL

    rip guru one of real hiphop greats u live when ur music plays meet ur moment of truth.

  • foranyentertainment

    RIP Guru...If it wasn't for you I would have quit rapping a long time ago...Wow...

  • RahRah222

    tragic loss. took his impact for granted until now

  • Sy (Hot Waxxx)

    We lost a good man,much to soon. r.i.p.

  • Avramel

    only the good die young.. R.I.P...

  • Avramel

    man... this if fucked up... R.I.P...

  • Assassin221

    Damn, I thought dude was getting better. RIP Guru, you made classic hip-hop and represented it to the fullest. I'm not even going to read what's apparently a fake-ass letter, that's not what I want to be thinking about right now.

  • B-MORE JAKE

    That letter is very suspicious motherfuckers be fucking with a nigga head when he vulnerable and fucked up FUCK YOU Solar you a bad fucking influence bitch ass nigga R.I.P. GURU AKA BALDHEAD SLICK my condolences the ELAM FAMILY AND DJ PREMIER

  • chronwell

    Thanx Guru for all the wonderful poetry. U impacted my life and taught me alot, big brother! Now rest easy.

  • BENNYBLANCOFROMTHEBRONX

    REST IN PEACE TO THE GOD...

  • nickelnine

    RIP to one of the goats. you will be missed.

  • I_Am_Beast

    I can't I'm surprised however I'm still deeply saddened by this news. The story continues to get even more convoluted, there's some sinister stuff at play here. Now's not the time for that though, that's later. It's Gangstarr all day today!!! R.I.P Guru, we lost a legend but Heaven's cypher just gained one dope MC. Say peace to B.I.G., Pac, Professor X (X-Clan), Big L, JMJ, Uncle Howie and the rest of our fallen compatriots up there...we love you G.

  • gre

    RIP GURU! Gangstarr Foundation forever! Your legacy will live on for eternity.

  • dcollin4444

    Sad...RIP Guru. You will be missed but your music will live on forever. (And Solar, you fucked this one up ol' boy...not sure if you could have handled this whole thing publicly any worse over the past month. Sad...)

  • lankaistai

    hiphop has lost another rap legend, one of the G.O.A.T, R.I.P Guru......................you may be gone but your music lives on

  • Izzi 4 Real

    RIP to Guru, truly a legend in the Hip Hop Culture. As far as that letter...from a factual perspective, it's impossible for a terminal cancer patient to come up with any kind of letter, so for Solar to release that as Guru's last words, that's TBS (total bullsh@*). This letter is nothing more than Solar's way of keeping himself relevant in the business...I mean, for real, who was even checking for him prior to his association with Guru? This letter gives him a life raft of sorts - a way of staying in the public eye - a way to profit off of anything that may be associated with Guru and to try to exploit the Gangstarr legacy. I like Premier's approach to whole situation - say nothing. The truth will soon be known to all. As for Solar...f@kk him, he's not relevant, and nobody outside of Guru's family need worry about his coniving actions. Big up to Guru - Gangstarr Forever.

  • Ceazar

    I am terribly sorry bout the lost of Gang Starr.

  • fhdh

    Damn this is one sad day for hiphop...i will surely play eulogy from gangstarr

  • bighurt_jk

    RIP Guru. That is the weirdest death bed letter. It doesn't even sound right. No one who's facing death would be organizing beef and family issues in such a manner. There is a time a place for that... that involve lawyers, but not a goodbye letter. My gut is telling me that Solar is up to something real shady. Unfortunately, makes you wonder about all the rumors. Either way, lets just HONOR this man who changed lives with his pen.

    • RomaPgh

      that's exactly what I was saying. Plus, Solar put out a statement that was VERY similar to Guru's letter. Guru had some of the best lyrics in hip hop history and you mean to tell me the best he could come up with in his death bed letter is mentioning how much Solar helped him? F'n bullshit.

  • j-az

    NOOOOO!!!!! What?! I thought he was doing better? This is truly a sad day for hip hop. R.I.P. Guru I hope people will understand how important he was for hip hop.

  • bonney007

    there is no way that would be the last letter from a dying man.....why would he shit on an old friend while on the verge of dying?

    • Deejz

      yea i hope this letter isnt real, i cant see guru writing it. my guess is that its solar who wrote this gay shit, and if guru did write it, it would be very dissapointing RIP to him

  • QuBix

    Man, we lost another one :( R.I.P. Keith "Guru" Elam

  • Kyle C

    RIP GURU, g an g to the stars son, haters took this sH%# too far son. SOLAR< YOU ARE A PIECE OF SHIEET. NOBODY WILL REMEMBER YOU AS A CONTRIBUTOR TO MUSIC, YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE PIECE OF SHIEET WHO WAS INVOLVED WITH GURU AT THE END OF HIS LIFE. i hate so speak so negatively upon one's passing, but two words, FU$@ SOLAR we love you guru

  • Kyle C

    RIP GURU, g an g to the stars son, haters took this shit too far son. SOLAR< YOU ARE A PIECE OF SHIEET. NOBODY WILL REMEMBER YOU AS A CONTRIBUTOR TO MUSIC, YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE PIECE OF SHIEET WHO WAS INVOLVED WITH GURU AT THE END OF HIS LIFE. i hate so speak so negatively upon one's passing, but two words, FU$@ SOLAR we love you guru

  • Kyle C

    RIP GURU, g an g to the stars son, haters took this shit too far son. SOLAR< YOU ARE A PIECE OF SH@#. NOBODY WILL REMEMBER YOU AS A CONTRIBUTOR TO MUSIC, YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE PIECE OF CRAP WHO WAS INVOLVED WITH GURU AT THE END OF HIS LIFE. i hate so speak so negatively upon one's passing, but two words, FU$@ SOLAR we love you guru

  • gzz

    yea this letter a lil shady, faggot solar still trying to keep himself bigged up after homies death otherwise.....RIP GURU this came as a surprise to me, i was always hoping for a gangstarr reunion once more.......

  • Kyle C

    RIP GURU, g an g to the stars son, haters took this shit too far son. SOLAR< YOU ARE A PIECE OF SHIT. NOBODY WILL REMEMBER YOU AS A CONTRIBUTOR TO MUSIC, YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE PIECE OF SHIT WHO WAS INVOLVED WITH GURU AT THE END OF HIS LIFE. i hate so speak so negatively upon one's passing, but two words, FUCK SOLAR we love you guru

  • Lempo

    I was 15years old and high when I first time heard gangstarr, now I am 23 and almost crying, ok one small teardrop. WTF! RIP from Finland!

  • bg13

    top 5 dead or alive im sad light the kush philly ny beantown i better hear this mans beautiful voice from hellah whips today

  • da police

    r.i.p guru, one of the best mc's ever

  • da police

    r.i.p guru, one of the best mc's ever

  • da police

    r.i.p guru, one of the best mc's ever

  • da police

    r.i.p guru, one of the best mc's ever

  • Backpacker 88

    I don't know about the situation between Solaar, Guru, and Premier, so I won't even touch on the subject. However, I do know that we lost another hip hop legend. RIP Guru.

  • AiRSP

    How can Solar write this letter and claim Guru wrote it? Solar's name comes up everyline. It's to think if this is guru last words or his dedication to Solar. After what happened with Solar and Guru's family how can he do such a thing? Why would Guru shit on his own family and Dj Premier on his death bed? Solar, you're a piece of shit. I didn't think people were capable of such things... Rest In Peace To Guru, Above The Clouds although we need A Moment Of Truth... My Condolences To Guru's Family, His Friends, Loved Ones, Hip Hop, and the Whole Gangstarr.

  • Cultures Clothing Co.

    Did any of you guys read that Shady-ass letter that Solar so obviously wrote? I'm still shaking my head over it...so messed up. RIP Guru Fuck Solar...You were a Hip-Hop pioneer and Legend Guru...you will be remembered.

  • sundown

    IT IS TRUE RIP GURU :( http://www.mtv.co.uk/artists/guru/news/209740-rapper-guru-dies

  • INOA

    Damn my brother. You was one of the best yet. I dont know if I wouldve appreciated this rap shit as much as I do if it wasnt for you and Preem. Rest in peace God.

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