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.
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