Gang Starr MC Guru Dies
2010-04-20 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 38 Comments

Guru, one-half of legendary hip hop duo Gang Starr, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 43.

The Boston rapper, born Keith Elam, lapsed into a coma in February after enduring a cardiac episode. Although he underwent emergency surgery and regained consciousness within a week, it was understood that there was a deeper underlying condition, which turned out to be cancer.

Guru's producer Solar announced the news in a statement earlier today. "The world has lost one of the best MCs and Hip-Hop icons of all-time -- my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru," he said. "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."

Guru formed Gang Starr with DJ Premier. They were one of the most successful hip hop groups of the genre's golden era, releasing six albums between 1989 and 2003, including 1992's classic Daily Operatiom. However, their partnership ended on a strained note, with Guru insisting he would never work with his former partner again, and he was true to his word.

Guru also released seven solo albums under various aliases.

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MUNGOLOID
April 20th 2010
4292 Comments


this is one of the few deaths that i can honestly say has ever really gotten to me.

rip guru. truly one of the greats.

Urinetrouble
April 20th 2010
5760 Comments


im listening to gangstarr now. RIP GURU

mmfarva
April 20th 2010
1352 Comments


Terrible news. Gang Starr is excellent. Rest in peace Guru.

Inveigh
April 20th 2010
24963 Comments


definitely a hip hop legend. RIP.

Brothers are amused by other brother's rep
Some niggas pull tecks catch others for checks
All for respect, all for the bread
For the chance of success they might hand him his head
Remain humble cause I know enough
Plus the road is tough especially when you roll with us
But I'm a stay with my peeps, stay in these streets
Rhyme sprayin and I'm playin for keeps cause I got those
Skills, Top rank point blank we vital
Spit flows rip shows peep the recital
Skills, Now, you feel it when we drop those
Hot beats stop phoes killin shit we got those
Skills, It's, the music that the street love
Each thug, is now reppin this with deep love
Skills, Gang Starr duelin again rulin again
Watch as we do it again


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killrobotmusic
April 20th 2010
670 Comments


This really sucks.

AggravatedYeti
April 20th 2010
7685 Comments


Mega : ( goin on over here.
RIP

Niceinvader
April 20th 2010
773 Comments


RIP

taxidermist
April 20th 2010
7203 Comments


Why's everyone dying man...RIP bro

ThePalestMexican
April 20th 2010
2816 Comments


Ah dude....
this was such a bummer
RIP dude

Buccaneer
April 20th 2010
692 Comments


Holy shit, I just picked up Step in the Arena this month. The guy was brilliant

RIP man

Enotron
April 20th 2010
7695 Comments


RIP

aresx
April 20th 2010
305 Comments


dont really know who this is, but 43 is still too young to die. ): RIP

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thediamondcanopy
April 20th 2010
510 Comments


RIP man.

combustion07
April 20th 2010
5352 Comments


RIP
It is a sad day for Hip-Hop.

lemoley
April 20th 2010
18 Comments


RIP, this news really got my mate

cvlts
April 20th 2010
8955 Comments


wow, what a tragedy. rip

KILL
April 20th 2010
71743 Comments


ffs..rip

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poweroftheweez
April 20th 2010
1290 Comments


RIP

LepreCon
April 20th 2010
4079 Comments


RIP, one of the few rappers I can tolerate anymore, gonna play some Gang Starr later in his honour

cirq
April 20th 2010
9264 Comments


motherfucking fuck man :'(

RIP Guru.

Tits McGee
April 20th 2010
1876 Comments


RIP

nttrbttrz
April 20th 2010
42 Comments


dammit. RIP

Casablanca
April 20th 2010
262 Comments


RIP Guru
You will be dearly missed

Ross22
April 20th 2010
1596 Comments


RIP, one of the best yet.

fr33convict
April 20th 2010
11689 Comments


too many awesome people are dying.

Skyler
April 20th 2010
1084 Comments


RIP

Manic_
April 20th 2010
447 Comments


RIP

JAV
April 20th 2010
1936 Comments


43 is way too young. May the Legend Rip

porch
April 20th 2010
8460 Comments


RIP

Skybreaker
April 20th 2010
622 Comments


First We Say Party!'s drummer, now this

RIP

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2010
31153 Comments


RIP man

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Decapod
April 20th 2010
1006 Comments


RIP Guru. One of the first and only Hip-Hop artists I used to enjoy. Extremely sad :*o(

Circa4life
April 20th 2010
289 Comments


Never took the chance to listen to Gang Starr, but I will have to now. RIP

dopeneil1
April 21st 2010
39 Comments


One of the first MC's I listened to. RIP

DeliciousTampon
April 21st 2010
22 Comments


rest in peace guru, one of my favorite MC's

yetanotherprofile
April 21st 2010
180 Comments


Man this is a shame, I love the Jazzmatazz records, realy good interesting experiments. Guru is one of the only people surrounding the genre that I actualy respected and enjoyed listening to. RIP.

Idnuf
April 21st 2010
1491 Comments


Guru rest in peace *cue Full Clip beat*

Very sad news, Gang Starr was one of the first things I ever enjoyed in rap.

Drapht
April 21st 2010
8 Comments


Out goes the good rappers and in comes Lil wayne.

Rest in peace G.



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