|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.
Band Page: Guru
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.
im listening to gangstarr now. RIP GURU
Terrible news. Gang Starr is excellent. Rest in peace Guru.
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
Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend
This really sucks.
Mega : ( goin on over here.
Why's everyone dying man...RIP bro
this was such a bummer
Holy shit, I just picked up Step in the Arena this month. The guy was brilliant
dont really know who this is, but 43 is still too young to die. ): RIP
Digging: The Contortionist - Language
It is a sad day for Hip-Hop.
RIP, this news really got my mate
wow, what a tragedy. rip
Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes
RIP, one of the few rappers I can tolerate anymore, gonna play some Gang Starr later in his honour
motherfucking fuck man :'(
You will be dearly missed
RIP, one of the best yet.
too many awesome people are dying.
43 is way too young. May the Legend Rip
First We Say Party!'s drummer, now this
Digging: Banks - Goddess
RIP Guru. One of the first and only Hip-Hop artists I used to enjoy. Extremely sad :*o(
Never took the chance to listen to Gang Starr, but I will have to now. RIP
One of the first MC's I listened to. RIP
rest in peace guru, one of my favorite MC's
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.
Guru rest in peace *cue Full Clip beat*
Very sad news, Gang Starr was one of the first things I ever enjoyed in rap.
Out goes the good rappers and in comes Lil wayne.
Rest in peace G.