DJ Premier Releases Statement On Guru, Gang Starr

DJ Premier remembers his rhyme partner of over 16 years, and says that he will grieve with the Elam family, calls time together "beautiful."

Released just moments ago at the LiveFromHeadqcourterz Blog, this is Guru's Gang Starr partner for 16 years, DJ Premier's statement on Monday's tragic loss of Keith "Guru" Elam.

The letter below is presented unedited and uncut:

IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR ME TO GET CONFIRMATION ON THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL MY BROTHER, KEITH ELAM, BETTER KNOWN AS GURU OF THE LEGENDARY GANG STARR.

FROM 1988-2004, WE EXPERIENCED SO MUCH SUCCESS TOGETHER THAT WE WERE ABLE TO EXPAND OUR BUSINESSES INDEPENDENTLY AND GIVE EACH OTHER WHAT GURU CALLED “CREATIVE SPACE”, BEFORE PLANNING TO REUNITE FOR OUR 7TH LP WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT.  TRAGICALLY, WE WILL NEVER REACH THAT DAY.

I’VE BEEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON A LETTER SPEAKING ILL OF ME WHICH WAS SUPPOSEDLY WRITTEN BY GURU IN HIS DYING DAYS.  ALL I WILL SAY ABOUT IT IS THAT OUR TIME TOGETHER WAS BEAUTIFUL, WE BUILT A HIP HOP LEGACY TOGETHER, AND NO ONE CAN RE-WRITE HISTORY OR TAKE AWAY MY LOVE FOR HIM.  ONE THING I WOULD NEVER DO IS PLAY AROUND WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS LIFE.

I  WILL CELEBRATE GURU’S LIFE… I WILL HONOR HIS MEMORY… I WILL GRIEVE WITH THE ELAM FAMILY OVER HIS UNTIMELY DEATH… I WILL REMEMBER THE GANG STARR FOUNDATION AND ALL OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF GANG STARR WHO CAME BEFORE ME – WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER… MOSTLY, I WILL CHERISH EVERYTHING WE CREATED TOGETHER AS GANG STARR, FOREVER.  I’M GONNA MISS HEARING HIS SIGNATURE MONOTONE VOICE WHEN HE WALKS IN THE ROOM, BUT THE SONGS WILL ALWAYS BRING IT BACK TO ME….HIS RHYME FLOWS WERE INSANE, AND I WILL NEVER REMOVE HIM FROM MY HEART AND SOUL…….REST IN PEACE TO THE MAN WHO FELT “SATISFACTION FROM THE STREET CROWD REACTION” … I LOVE YOU GOO…….DJ PREMIER

62 Comments

  • JASON LOCKHART

    HERE IT IS JUNE 22,2010 AND I JUST FOUND OUT KEITH "GURU" ELAM PAST AWAY. I GREW UP LISTENING TO THE GROUP GANGSTARR JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER RAP ARTIST. I AM ABOUT TO TURN 37 YEARS OLD JUNE 28,2010.MY HEART AND MY MEMORIES OF THE "GURU" GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND ALSO DJ.PREMIER STAY STRONG AND ALOT OF GOOD THINGS ARE GOING TO COME TO YOU. THIS IS JASON LOCKHART FROM OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA TALK TO SOON AND KEEP IN TOUCH!

  • mcm

    when i first heard about all this nonsense on the real it didnt register and it still doesnt cause it was always about the music, the chain and the starr one the legacy that preem and guru left changed peoples lives and will continue to do so in dayz to come r.i.p guru and premier keep up the great works one

  • BVm

    R.I.P Guru, I will miss the beats me and my boys started listening to when we was kids back in the 80s. I have never come across a Dj like Premo other than Terminator X, who played with samples like him to make Guru that Start he was!...ITS A DAILY OPERATION!!

  • The Teacher

    The cut Moment of Truth got me thru some rough times. RIP GURU

    • The R

      Second that emotion real talk, The Teacher....... Moment of Truth & Full Clip the Greatest Hits is still on heavy rotation in the wip or on some laid back relax smoove melodic vibes in the crib. R.I.P. Brother Guru Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal & Peace be with the Elam Family, friends, and the true partners in rhyme from the Gang Starr Foundation from day one until infinity.

  • MR DMT

    Guru & Premo will always be a legacy together as Gangstarr. R.I.P. Guru

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  • bowzer_oner

    R.I.P GURU, Premo, you the man.

  • Meghan McFadden

    That's a class act there. I'm so glad Premier saw through that bs letter that Guru did not write. People who are close to dying do not go out insulting former friends. There is no way that someone as intelligent as Guru would let his last words be beef. I'm not buying it. RIP Guru, you will be missed.

  • complex901

    whoshotcam iz right- guru was never one 2 talk about beef- he was da type of nigga if he had beef he would just get at u- n he wasnt even on it like dat- but solar obviously iz a grimey dude- wut ever beef preim n guru had it wasnt something to warrant that kind of statement from guru- especially in his death bed- im almost positive in his dieing dayz his focus wasnt to shit on dj premiere n praise solar- solar iz a fagot ass grimey nigga 2 pull off sum bullshit like this- and being in the buisness he should know unless guru holds the masters for all gangstarrs shit- theres no way gangstarr can be represented without guru n premiere- ur not honoring guru's legacy by trying 2 shut out prem- a real friend woulnt even wanna do that- the only one's who can carry on gangstarr's legacy is gangstarr- n that includes preme- otherwise represented is not gangstarr

  • daDarkFather

    That letter was suspect at best. Solar wrote that up to appease or COVER UP something or him self. Its one thing to want space to be creative but to kill a relationship is something else. Something went down between Guru and Premo and to me Premo seems to be a standup dude and I admire him if he knows the real reason and not tarnishing his name. But for a person to shut his family/friends down during that point in his life prior to passing Guru must have been keeping something away from them and he took it to his grave. For Solar to NOT let his family members see him and Guru acknowledging it is very suspect. Premo and Guru = History, loyalty, exceptional music Guru and Solar = SUSPECT!!!!!

  • loufuturistic

    What about...'I love this Hip-HOp and rap stuff, but I don't like the shows where the ignorant act up...While some will be ripping it...others will be wilding...flipping on kids with the chains and medalions, or a kid they don't like from a beef from way back, and decide thats the day perfect time for pay back...' It's a set up. RIP GURU! Your words spoke to me.

  • Music lives in me

    Thats reeeal, Premier. God Bless u all! **R. I. P GURU**

  • Kelly Powell

    This is exactly the response I expected frm such a talented and peaceful group! Much Luv 2 Guru, your true fans will cherish your memory as we knw it not as the devil is percieving it 2 b! Prayers 2 the Elam Family!

  • JHigHthe1andonly

    Peace be with the Elam family! Guru was a major influence in my life growing up. Through his rhymes he taught me about turning negative situations into positive ones! His words were prophetically divine and will always be on major rotation wherever I go! Rest in Peace! As far as Solar goes - Best to protect your neck!!

  • joeyknowsnothing

    fuck solar. hes fucking up this whole mess

  • WHOSHOTCAM

    death is not to be played with.. no dissing, no confrontation.. it's not consistent with Guru's pattern.. he was a man of few beefs and commited to loyalty.. regardless of the differences between primier and guru, i don't think the letter is accurate, not to mention a questionable foundation in which money can be sent.. Gang Starr will be played far after i leave this earth.. and i'm thankful that there is a group as strong and as positive for people to listen to.. the lessons provided in the songs are more important than a college degree.. R.I.P. Guru

  • YUNG DUCE

    PUSSY ASS NIGGA THAT FOOL DISSED YOU ON HIS DEATHBED, DISS THAT MUTHAFUKKA

    • dj strife

      ignorant person, obviously uneducated, and if you KNEW ANYTHING about gangstarr, pussy is thee least relevant word. solar is going to get his from somewhere , i see a vision of a maniac yielding a ronald mcdonald mask with bloody fists in solars future

    • YUNG DUCE

      NIGGAS IN THA HOOD GOT HOOKED UP YEARS AGO HOMIE AINT WE ALL ALOUD TO SHARE OUR OPINIONS THEM NIGGAS OVER AT NICKERSOON GARDENS ARE COOL TOO, JAY ROCC KNOCCIN NIGGA PROPS, WATTS UP CUZZ

    • BABYBOO BLOOD

      NIGGA FUCK UR HOOD NIGGA>>>BOUNTY HUNTER NICKERSON GARDENS NIGGA>>>WHAT UP TO MY NIGGA JAYROCK!!! SOOWUU!!!

    • StandUpNigga...

      this nigga is a blog gangsta... Dont nobody give a fuck about yo broke ass street gang nigga. you the first gangbanger with a computer... Hahahahahha...

    • fossie

      YUNG DUCE DIE SLOWLY !!!FUCKIN ASSHOLE!!!

    • BIGG DOGG

      SEE THAT'S PUSSY SHIT RIGHT THERE YOU GOTTA MENTION WHERE YOU FROM TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE YOUR TOUGH PUSSY!!!! PERSONALLY I DON'T GIVE A FUCK WHERE YOUR FROM!!!! BUT PREEMO KNEW GURU DIDN'T WRITE THAT LETTER SO WHY DISS!!

    • YUNG DUCE

      NUTTY BLOKK COMPTON CRIP NIGGA DONT TAKE NO SHIT

    • kpanilaryea28

      the fuck outta here wit that shit mane only a punk mf does shit like that!

    • freshyboi

      how can someone in a coma diss someone?

  • INOA

    That letter was heartfelt Preem. R.I.P Guru

  • GregRodgers

    Word Primo... Stay above the fray when it comes to this fake nonsense that Solar is talking. There is no need to get pulled into this shady cats BS. R.I.P Big Guru Peace out to Primo, Shug the Elam Family, and The Gangstarr Posse

  • kpanilaryea28

    hey now thats my nigga right there! premo is a real nigga for real! he still gave luv to guru despite what has been said about him. this is the words of a real man. peace dj premier and rip guru!

  • lankaistai

    fuck solar.....Guru rest in peace big shout out to dj premier, guru's son and his family

  • Lemonz

    Guru dying is a god damn shame.

  • insanemacbeth

    it's getting deeeep out there! R.I.P. G.U.R.U.

  • bsmoov

    Thanks Preme. The truth has finally been told. Fuck U Solar u lying low life. How does solar look himself in the mirror.

  • eazyecpt123

    Solars actions have been sketchy. But this about remembering a legend not about spreading hate or conspiracies. Actions have reactions, don't be quick to judge. It hurts losing such an influential and talented person but through his music his legacy will live forever

  • coolcat72

    I figured that letter solar wrote was some bullshit. The chemistry premier and guru had were something special. I just couldnt see guru have those type of feelings toward premier whatever the differences were. R.I.P Guru may your legacy live on

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  • Bridge3000

    God bless you, Guru. Respect and condolences to the Elam family, DJ Premier, and the GangStarr Foundation.

  • L.

    Thought this would be interesting, excerpt from a Jive Magazine interview with Big Shug in 2007: JIVE Magazine: Now that both have their own major labels, it wouldn’t seem that the issue of creative control would play a major part. Do you foresee that another Gangstarr project could happen or is that not possible? Big Shug: It is really on Guru. As long as he roles with that dude Solar, I don’t think it will happen. He doesn’t really know about the legacy, he is just trying to role with Guru to make some money. He isn’t a part of our family. He could be accepted if he had a different attitude but it seems like Guru allows him to have a certain amount of control, so as long as he is rolling with Solar, its not going to happen. Sometimes it’s like a girl who you had sex with years that was mad good, but eventually you break up. It breaks your heart but after pain comes peace. A lot of the music they did will live in the annals of hip-hop for life. If this is the last, then so be it, but if it comes back around, then that would be great too. In the meantime, me and Preem are going to give people what we have to give. http://www.jivemagazine.com/article.php?pid=16387

  • DmIzE

    i was bumpin rap music, but GURU introduced me to hip-hop.. RIP you'll never be forgotten..

  • Pragmatik

    I HOPE FREDDIE FOXXX AKA BUMPY KNUCKLES FINDS THAT EXCREMENT OF HUMAN LIFE THEY CALL SOLAR AND BEAT THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF HIM. AND I HOPE HE CHOKES HIM WITH A MIC CHORD FROM PRIMO'S STUDIO IN NY. RIP GURU. YOU SHALL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

  • brizza

    that was some real shit.

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  • mind bending science

    History say's it all, and the rest of the foundation. Whether they were on mutual terms or not none of that matters when you already made history together. All these dudes are highly respectable mc's Big up premier !!! GURU FOREVER!!!!!

  • calibeatbox420

    Well said Primo.....the death of GURU was surrounded by all this drama it seems that some peeps were losing focus of the matter at hand..we lost one of the greatest emcees EVER........Primos kind words will hopefully help everyone put the BS aside and honor and remember the life and legacy of GURU... I REALLY tried to stay away from the Solar bashin but as so many have said...One day you will meet your MOMENT OF TRUTH..only God can judge us ..we all must pay for our actions........ i would like to thank both Keith Elam and Chris Martin for all the great music that you guys put out...GOD BLESS

  • I'm at work and bored

    For real, fuck Solar. Starting a foundation using Guru's name that his family never heard of?

    • rock lee

      CO-SIGN. Everything Solar has said thus far sounds suspect. MOMENT OF TRUTH = ONE OF THE DOPEST HIP HOP ALBUMS EVER!!!!! 916^

  • RIPGANGSTARR

    greatest group ever greatest mc ever greates producer ever I love the music these two made together as well as all of eachs solo endevours GURU is the only mc that taught me positivity, respect, and dignity, how to be a man, hold your head up ,perserveer, and to stay righteous he taught me these life lessons through poetry man this shit has had me choked up for days! I will be bumping his words for years so will millions across the world and everyone that does will know that this man was one of the most prophetic teachers to generations with no true righteous men to carry the torch left! I hope some cats will really digest his words and practice them in life it will help our hiphop community, and it would help our society. NO MC has ever made the impact he did and will. peace to the family and peace to PREEMO . Solar i would stay in france son the tristate is gonna be gunning for you. i wish you the best non the less because if god saw a light in you then hopefuly its there and you will do whats right for his son. if you did forge that letter which i bet you did! god will get you dude. one. its a long way to go when you dont where your goin you dont know where your goin when your lost

    • rensrock

      Co-sign. Just wanna say this guy is not Solar from France.

    • Articulate1

      1000000000% co-sign. Gang Starr was easily the best group this genre has seen...their impact cannot be overstated...I was raised on their music and GURU's death hurts a lot.

  • Up North

    Solar, you soul sucking, life leeching, no heart or conscious having piece of crackhead shit. You and Guru's fates should've been reversed, except you should've died alone (and you will) with a hole in the back of your skull. R.I.P. Guru, you repped it, lived it, and exemplified it with a poise we are thankful for witnessing. May God keep you always...

  • Chillin'

    Much respect to Premier for keeping it classy. R.I.P. Guru. I'm grateful that I was able to see Gang Starr twice. Real, raw, positive, no bullshit hip-hop music.

  • GURU+GANG_STARR_FAN

    THAT IS BEAUTIFUL, THAT IS LOVE FROM THE MAN WHO WAS CLOSER TO GURU THAN THAT LEECH SOLAR, FULL RESPECT TO PRIMO, MUCH LOVE GURU, NEVER 4GOTTEN, REST IN PEACE

  • Really Doe

    Amen! #FuckSolar

  • Rob Wiggz

    Good words from the heart. very sincere.. RIP Guru.. you'll be missed.

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