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Step in the Arena was one of my first hiphop albums. Sad news.
“I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options. I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting,” read the official Guru statement.
Tearing up at work.
This is genuinely rubbish news
I had no idea he'd fallen out with Premier like that. All very sad.
RIP Guru, we all must meet our moment of truth.
this Solar bloke blocking access to Guru's family when he was in hospital etc.
It's all very weird. The statement almost makes it sound like he was ashamed of being in Gang Starr.
Still, sad news.
Gang Starr was the soundtrack to my teens and one of the only hip-hop acts I truly fell in love with. Full Clip will be getting a spin of honour this evening.
Rest in peace my man.
I had no idea.
that string of albums along with the pioneering Jazzmatazz stuff really place the guy among the all-time best, in any genre. His stuff should be sold in tescos.
"more than a decade of hits, that'll live forever" to quote Full Clip.
that's frightening. who will be next??
For me, this is the worst music artist death that I have been around for. To have life cut in half by a disease is a different bag than suicide or old age. I began listening to Gang Starr in like 94, with the release of Hard to Earn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD8hhNtxPgs and fell in love with Guru's voice. Moment of Truth is my personal favorite and always will be. This was a horrible thing to find out first thing in the morning and I am truly gutted about it.
Sad how it went down with Premo, just ridiculous, thats a bridge that should have been mended. Solaar is catching a ton of flak but we don't really know the whole story, so I wont speculate too much. That last little bit of his letter seemed more like a Solaar plug than anything didn't it?
Step in The Arena - Daily Operation - Hard To Earn - Moment of Truth
^ Arguably one of the best runs in rap history.
I saw him in Birmingham back in 2004.
Guru was such an amazing MC/musician and this news hits me hard.
RIP Guru, legend.
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.
by that letter.
for now. Its just too soon to bring all the drama out, Im sure after the dust settles a bit, he will speak on it. And to be honest, I am siding with him since he seems to be the only one handling it correctly at the moment. Its all real unfortunate tho.
and the drama is almost annoying for me. I'm just listening to the music and I'll leave it at that.
Shocking further developments are coming to light in the wake following the death of the Gangstarr legendary MC Guru.
Reports are coming into HSK that when Guru’s father, the Honorable Harry J. Elam, a former prominent lawyer from Boston and a retired Massachusetts superior court justice, called to recover the body from John “Solar” Mo’Sher, Solar said that he was taking the body upstate for a private memorial.
Judge Elam immediately made claim to the body and asked Solar to “return the body at once”, to which Solar replied that he would return the body if Elam Sr. called off the Elam nephew from continuing to make statements and videos about Solar. Claims which Solar continues to call false.
Judge Elam’s reply, “I don’t have time for these childish games, send my sons body home immediately.”
Following this exchange the police were sent and Guru’s body was recovered and is currently on its way back to Boston, to his family and to lay in honor as they see fit.
Not only should Solar return the body with-out delay, but Solar should return to the family all rights supposedly passed on to him from Guru on his deathbed. These should be held by the family in TRUST until KC is of legal age to handle himself.
This guy Solar, who HSK staff have personally met and traveled with is a NUT job. What is going on in his peas size brain is very troubling to say the least. Now that Guru is no longer around to protect him it might be time for dude to vanish on his own before someone does it for him.