DJ Premier Honors Guru On Birthday

DJ Premier wishes his fellow Gang Starr member a happy birthday.

DJ Premier has wished his Gang Starr partner Guru a happy birthday.

Pemier says today (July 17) would have been Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Univeral's 53rd birthday.

"THE NAME SAYS IT ALL !!! HAPPY 53rd BIRTHDAY," Premier says. 

In April 2010, DJ Premier spoke about his bond for Guru in the wake of the rapper's passing

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

Today, he celebrated Guru's life with the following Instagram post: 

RELATED: DJ Premier Names His Top 50 Favorite Songs Featuring Guru

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15 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Guru - hip hop's unsung hero, people keep mentioning 2pac, Biggie and Big L but forget about Guru the man's catologue with Gangstarr was better than all 3 of them.

  • PATHH88

    GOTTA GIVE IT UP FOR GURU, ONE OF THE BEST TO TOUCH THE MIC They say it's lonely at the top and 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 [Verse 1: Guru] The same sheisty cats that you hang with, and do your thang with Could set you up and wet you up, nigga peep the language It's universal, you play with fire it may hurt you Or burn you, lessons are blessings you should learn through 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 jeopardize, what I have done up to this point So I'mma get more guys, to help me run the whole joint Cultivate, multiply, motivate, or else we'll die You know I be the master of the who, what, where and why See when you're shining, 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 coming 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 [Hook] Actions have reactions, don't be quick to judge You may not know the hardships people don't speak of It's best to step back, and observe with couth For we all must meet our moment of truth [Verse 2] Sometimes you gotta dig deep, when problems come near Don't fear things get severe for everybody everywhere Why do bad things happen, to good people? Seems that life is just a constant war between good and evil The situation that I'm facin, is mad amazin To think such problems can arise from minor confrontations Now I'm contemplatin in my bedroom pacin Dark clouds over my head, my heart's racin Suicide? nah, I'm not a foolish guy Don't even feel like drinking, or even gettin high Cause all that's gonna do really, is accelerate The anxieties that I wish I could alleviate But wait, I've been through a whole lot of other shit, before So I oughta be able, to withstand some more But I'm sweating though, my eyes are turning red and yo I'm ready to lose my mind but instead I use my mind I put down the knife, and take the bullets out my nine My only crime, was that I'm too damn kind And now some scandalous 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 its 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...

    • Anonymous

      so many of his lyrics could be applied to super producer Solar. this one always comes to mind "Scandalous, money greed and lust In this trife life, there ain't nobody you can trust Plus there's no justice, it's just us In fact, watchin' yo back it be must And each and everyday around the way gats bust And jealous so-called friends'll try to set you up It's called betrayal"

    • R.Pgh

      "now some scandalous motherfuckers wanna take what's mine But they can't take the respect, that I've earned in my lifetime" This could easily be applied to Solar.

  • mikeontv

    Saw Premo perform last night in Seoul. He honored Big L and Guru with an epic audience collaboration chant. Such a professional and all around sick individual.

  • Anonymous

    Say it then and i will say it now Guru was one of the best Mc to ever touch the Mic Period Rest in Peace Guru

  • EYE67

    That means he was 38 when they dropped "Moment of Truth".

  • kevin smith

    happy birthday guru rest in peace my nigga one of the illist dopest mcs to ever bless a mic and a icon you was a creative musical genius one of the first rap cats to blend hip hop and jazz was some creative genius shit word up

  • Anonymous

    gifted unlimited rhymes universal

  • Gang Starr 4ever

    RIP Guru. Hip Hop legend

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