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The Man Who Calls Himself A Superproducer…

…Written by gimantalon:

Many people asked me to actually do this and I come clean, I didn’t really enjoy writing this. However, the truth has to be written to the public. The people who wrote me asked for my help. About the whole Solar Guru situation… We should have known people. We should have known this would come this far. Superproducer Solar is a manipulator of the highest degree and loves to control people. I really hate making a post on DJ Premier Blog about Solar, I even promised last year not to mention Guru ever again (because I saw no ending with that Solar dude).

A lot of people who worked with Guru and Solar came forward to me with their stories about 7Grand Records and Solar in this intense week. Mostly they write about how heartbreaking it is to hear that their former partner Guru had a heart attack and that Solar is with him making it hard for his family, they are very concerned. The reason they wrote the truth in countless letters is because they want Guru away from Solar with the help of the public (like Justin asked in his video). It was no fun for them writing about Guru’s evil friend, especially when Guru was one of the friendliest people they ever met, and were blessed to work with. To the few persons Guru had contact with, he was always very kind. He was a master at cheering someone up. If you saw Guru you wouldn’t think he was sad, he wouldn’t let you see it someone wrote me. He didn’t want to make someone sad because of him. That’s maybe the reason Solar had so much control on Guru. Guru’s first concern wasn’t himself, but the persons next to him. I hope you respect why they want to stay anonymous. They don’t want to harm the person, Guru, that were always good to them. Yet, what Solar puts Guru trough is unacceptable and makes people angry for a damn good reason. No one wants to see a good person suffer and taken advantage of. So I warn all of you, the next thing I’m about to write is something like tmz.com or allhiphop.com, you are not forced to read it. Keep Guru in the back of your mind, because he needs our support. Even so, here are some facts about the person who is now with Guru:

-Solar claims to be a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths. He consider himself as a God. 7Grand logo is inspired from the religions logo.

-Solar claims to have saved Guru from alcohol abuse.

-Solar and Guru likes to believe the media that they were friends before they worked together. Which isn’t completely true. Guru was introduced to Solar by Black Jesus who worked on projects with Guru. Solar just started producing and when he came into the picture he disrupted and poisoned his mind against Black Jesus and his crew.

-Solar always told Guru that his old friends hate him and that he is nobody without him. Guru is scared of that and don’t want to end up alone in his mid 40s. Solar isn’t that stupid, if Guru and DJ Premier make music again he can say bye bye.

-Every journalist that would like to take an interview with Guru is firstly asked not to question about Gang Starr or DJ Premier. Solar always has to sit next to Guru (even with a phone interview). If you watch some interviews of them you can see how Solar likes to interrupt Guru to say it better. I once heard an interview when he got mad (because of DJ Premier) and asked the interviewer ‘what the deal is’. Guru didn’t move a bit.

-Solar likes to write mails in Guru’s name to the 7Grand artists. You can tell the difference between Guru and Solar. Guru always wrote like a poet, Solar like a thug.

-Guru is allowed to sign autographs for a certain amount of time, after which Solar yells ‘that’s enough’, grabs his arm and drags him off.

-When a girl shows interest in Guru she firstly needs to be approved by Solar, which led Guru with no girls most of the times. When you ask him about it, Guru always replies: ‘Solar is helping me to be disciplined, I need that’.

-It has been reported that Solar harbours intense jealousy for the Jazzmatazz trumpet soloist Brownman. I received emails from promoters stating that they’ve seen Solar pack Brownman into a cab and send him back to the hotel early when audiences are freaking out over his trumpet playing. One promoter describes the reaction to Brownman as “so much cheering you couldn’t hear Guru talk, while Solar’s reception was luke-warm at best”. This infuriates Solar and he has used lies such as “we have an early flight” as excuses to shuttle the trumpet player away from the crowd. Eventually Solar made Guru stop introducing the band members entirely. The superproducer’s own introduction would go on for minutes, while the all-star band – including the well known DJ DooWop – were treated like nobody’s. Other sources have reported that Solar has had many conflicts with Brownman, stemming from Solar’s insecurities over Brownman’s ability to engage an audience as a soloist – while he himself has no business on stage next to Guru. Why is the producer of the show on stage in the first place?

-Solar feeds on the career of Guru , of which he has total control over. While playing in Norway a few years ago, he demanded weird stuff and complained that he had not received enough smoked salmon and champagne. Most of the people didn’t even know who he was.

-It’s not like anyone didn’t know about this, a lot of this has been said before. Here you have a picture of a fan who wanted to own Solar. Here you have other blogs besides mine who spoke about it, here‘s another one. This funny picture I posted on my blog spread like wild fire one year ago, now it’s off course not funny anymore. Actually I’ve known several journalists who wrote bad things when they did an interview with Guru and Solar.

-Solar was thinking about a new Gang Starr album, probably without DJ premier. Guru told us last year it’s possible there would be a new Gang Starr album. If there would be one, it will be released on 7Grand Records. Solar made him believe only he is Gang Starr. After that statement an official twitter opened @GangStarr_NY that was promoted through Guru’s offic
ial twitter, which is in control of Solar.

-Guru is not the only one that Solar is controlling and brainwashing. The keyboard player of the Jazzmatazz band, Dave Scott, was even worse terrorized. Dave literally runs to pack up Solar’s food when Solar commands him to everywhere he demands. Dave does all kind of things for Solar. Like giving his clothes and making up a room with the things solar wants. He even does Solar’s laundry on tour often. He is terrified to lose his job because he has nothing else. When I posted that Jazzmatazz band left 7grand in January (due to Solar), he wrote eight comments in three hours begging me to add that he hasn’t quit. That’s how terrified he is from Solar, who runs things via abuse and terror. Also I hope he will be set free from Solar and go his own path.

-Solar blocks every source of information to Guru because he knows his old friends still love him.

-Solar and his wife signed a health care proxy as brother and sister of Guru. Guru’s room is protected with a guest list and a black list. Solar told the hospital that there were pictures taken from Guru without permission, which was not true.

-Solar can’t be mistaken with MC Solaar, the legendary MC from France who Guru worked with in 1993. When Guru first toured with Solar (I think 2005), I made this mistake. Then I saw some other lame dude, never knew who he was at the moment, but he wasn’t MC Solaar.

There is more that should better kept private, but I think you get the picture. I think Guru is still at an instable condition, so I would like everybody to still pray until he’s better. When he is, he will have a difficult job to do. Considering him not wanting to harm anyone. Actions, however, need to be taken, but first we need to see if Guru is at a stable condition. Pray for him, anyone who met him in person knows he deserves it.

It’s possible the future tells us he doesn’t want to reunite with DJ Premier at any price, if so then I’m afraid we shall need to accept this. We need to accept any decision by Guru. And lastly, this has nothing to do with DJ Premier you gossip magazines. And once again, I would like to thank the hip hop community to stand together to support Guru. Gang Starr 4 Ever!!

(Note: Solar’s official twitter is now redesigned by Yo! Promotions, check it out now!! Y’all should be ashamed, fo real.)

My 2 cents…


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14 Responses to “The Man Who Calls Himself A Superproducer…”


  • Comment from Bassi Maestro

    Help him out Preem!!!!He needs some recovery time and some good beats, he'll find lights again then!We love u, u know that!Stay strong

  • Comment from Uncle Bungle

    i would happily get locked up for the murder of Solar….on the condition that i have a record deal with Yearround, and a bunch of Preemo beats…….and i'm a peaceful man……..but on more important issues, how is Guru doing ??

  • Comment from Anonymous

    this is a truly sad story. but a lot of are to blame. If this is all tru.we are about to lose a legend in hip hop to a riff raff. And I point the finger at hip hop artist, the 5 percent nation , who apperantly r not doing anything to fix this situation. so i guess they are ok with this. nas was truly correct when he said hiphop was dead. when a community of powerful individuals r letting all this just happen to one of our greatest, talented and most underated mcs..

  • Comment from nellieinct

    I am sadden by this info. Solar needs the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost to get out of this un scathed. Let’s all pray for wellness and clean and clear state of mind for Guru. Send nothing but positive vibes to him, so that he can feel the love and energy from all his true friends and real fans that actually remember hearing Gangstarr on tv, radio and the clubs. May you premo have peace also. This cannot be easy for you in the least. Be blessed! ^j^

  • Comment from Anonymous2

    So sad to hear this i can’t believe this is happening at time like now. But that’s when you discover who your real friends are in a time of need. Hopefully insha-Allah Guru will recover soon we are all praying for him and he shall come back at his best. I send my condolences to his family and true heartfelt friends like yourself.

  • Comment from giantstepp

    Solar sounds weird, insecure and possesive. No disrespect to Guru (RIP), but why would he as an established presence in Hip Hop, way before Solar, allow this to happen? Again, no disrespect but it is very confusing.

  • Comment from marc

    im glad Premier and people are speaking about this because the so-called letter GURU wrote before his death doesnot sound like GURU . Also, it is important to expose any one that is shady in general. I like to say this: For people ,hip hop fans and jazz fans to support dj premier ‘s projects. HE is a great producer and he makes great music so continue to support hip hop.

  • Comment from Frank Low

    This is so sad!!! I hope Solar gets his quick and easy!!!

    And i really hope this shit aint true!!!

    It was on Diary of a street king!

    The Real Gang Starr Story: RIP GURU

    The rap group “Gang Starr” was born in Boston, after Big Shug gave it life with partner Keith Elam now known as “Guru”. At that time Big Shug and Guru were faced with the financial hurdle of funding their studio sessions, so they came up with a plan to solve that obstacle with a robbery plan…that plan was for “Big Shug” to do the jack and “Guru” serve as the getaway driver, but that didn’t work. Know why? Because when “Shug” was doing the robbery, “Guru” ended up getting scared and took off. So, the robbery got muffled and “Big Shug” did a three-year sentence for robbery.

    While “Shug” was in jail “Guru” moved to New York City. There, he ran into “DJ Premier” who just came from Houston Texas. Together, they formed the now legendary group known as “Gang Starr”.

    Gang Starr was doing well, and when “Big Shug” returned from prison “Guru” and “Premo” were rightly breaking him off paper. But here’s something what you may not know (which I always knew) Guru, whose real name is Keith Elam, was a homosexual, and he started dating a well-known homosexual from Brooklyn New york named “DJ Solar”. Solar (real name John Barry Mo’Sher) ended up breaking up “Gang Starr” because he pulled Guru away from the talented “DJ Premier”, word is Solar wanted Guru all for himself. I know this because I used to book shows for “Guru & Solar” and dude use to beat on “Guru” I swear!!! I personally witnessed someone walking in on Solar giving Guru a proper beating behind closed doors.

    Sources close to HSK were touring Europe with Guru, Solar, and DJ Doo Wop & Kool Keith with Kutmasta Kurt in Fall 2005. At that time the groups had an extended week long stay in the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Guru happily lounged with Solar in his flip flops and swimming trunks downing Hennessy straight and snorting blow by the eightball. This is the same event where Kutmasta Kurt got his nose busted breaking up a fight between Kool Keith’s crew and a concert goer after the show. Matter of fact “Real Connections” still owes about 20,000 euros from that event.

    Just this past February, Guru suffered a heart attack leaving him in a comatose state into March. That’s when Solar reportedly kept Guru’s family away from him, because he wanted full control. My sources even tell me that this “Solar” guy didn’t allow doctors to treat “Guru” properly.

    When I woke up this morning, I heard the sad news that 43-year-old “Guru” had died yesterday (April 19. 2010), from cancer.

    I went into complete silence, and said to myself “Life is too short.” Now, sources are telling me “Solar” is stealing royalties from the group “Gang Starr”. I guess “Solar” got “Guru” to sign over the rights to his name. To make matters worse, “Solar” is saying “Guru” left a letter to all his fans. He says in that letter (printed below), he (Guru) doesn’t want anything to do with his long time collaborator “DJ Premier” even in death…WTF!?!

    This “Solar” guy seems to think we’re all a bunch of idiots. Because, “Guru” wouldn’t say any shit like that while on his death bed. “Guru’s” nephew has been speaking about this matter for a while now. Don’t believe me? Ask DJ Premier.

    This may all sound harsh, but in fact Jacky and all HSK staff have a deep respect for Guru. One key component that separates Hollywood Street from any other industry blog is that we tell the truth no matter how much it may hurt or damage false images about an art we hold dear. Other sites would never report the truth rather they further perpetuate falsities.

    Today I’ll remember Guru as I listen to the third “Gangstarr” album “Daily Operation”…I always liked the song “Take It Personal”. RIP GURU!!!

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    gay rappers SOLAR.JOHN .MOSHER passport guru

    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.

    My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody’s feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.

    I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.

  • Comment from FUCK SOLAR!

    FUCK SOLAR!!! hes gonna get his very soon, i hope bumpy knuckles beats the living shit outta this faggot!!! gurus death not only saddens me but it fucking makes me angry because of this bitch, him and his bitch ass wife, they will get theirs one day. and i hope itll be in a way that solar wishes he was never alive. punk ass bitch

  • wow … I have been watching Justin’s story and I’m flabbergasted!
    What a devilish liar is that Solar; to pretend to be a blood brother.
    But what a shame that over the grave of GURU from fighting, but Solar must be stopped. Well, he is now again the same ‘nobody’ as ever without GURU :-)
    I realy hope he’s in a better place, without lies, manupalation and all that…

    Luck, prayers and blessings to the Real family and DJ Premier.

  • Comment from Bibismalls

    Hello! I’m a promoter from Mexico City, and I lived this whole story with Solar. We made the only show Guru did in Mexico february 2007, and there was nothing else but Psycological abuse from this idiot. Guru was an amazing person all the time, and Solar kept dissing all details from the production, venue, changing rooms etc. Solar requiered suite for Guru and another one for him, and DJ Doo Wop a normal room which we ignored and placed the 3 of them in suites, which def pissed off Solar. Everyone was on time for concert except Solar, no apologies of course. After the show Solar invited an american friend over for dinner. I ordered separate accounts for her meal (I didn’t have to pay for his booty call) he got so mad at me and I didn’t give a fuck, he turned to Guru and asked him to pay for the meal.

    Last day in Mexico, we came across a homeless man sleeping, Solar asked me to stop and give him some money, because it was against his religion to see people like that and do nothing. In Mexico we don’t give money to these people cause it only encourages them to keep doing drugs.. So I said NO. He turns to Guru and asks him to give this poor man money.. This cheap bastard kept living on Gurus expenses.. How big can someone be naming himself “Superproducer”..you tell me.

    I support this publication because I lived it in real life.
    I thank God for knowing Guru and the size of a man he was.

    May he rest in peace forever

  • Comment from Philaflava

    Co-Sign.

    We NEED to stick together and expose this fraud.

  • Comment from Yamit

    As guru said……

    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 jeapordize, what I have done up to this point
    So i’ma get more guys, to help me run the whole joint
    Cultivate, multiply, motivate, or else we’ll die
    You know I be the masterof the who what where and why
    See when you’re shinin, 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 comin 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….

    Solar will meet his Moment Of Truth

  • Comment from davey

    …this is Dave…i see you went back and erased it(typical),but just to clarify,the only reason i commented 5 times(not 8)…is because you wouldnt print my first comment.then the next day you put them all up there including my clarification which i repeat now.then you apologized to me…of course later you just erased that too and then reposted the whole article again(a piece of work you guys are;i know you didnt act alone)in various places(no reason to let a silly thing like the truth get in the way of a woefully ill timed agenda)…there was no begging(another lie from “gimantalon”)in my comments. it was Guru himself who i wanted to assure i didnt quit.i hope you can understand that,but i dont think you do…someone else told you i quit,but you didnt check with me,because you are a horrible journalist.i didnt want Guru to read that…the information you wrote is 3rd hand, incorrect ,and was given to you by people who at the time were former employees of Guru who had already been fired by Guru himself.when they go to the press after that fact,they put themselves in the same category as former employees of John Lennon or Michael Jackson,who on one hand want to tell you something completely outrageous while at the same time casting themselves in some kind of positive light.but of course the disgusting timing of that effort precluded the latter in this case…it has nothing to do with the music that we made.its tawdry gossip at the absolute worst time; when utter respect,reverence, and outright love and appreciation are in order…and thats all you can come up with? that i washed an extra pair of pants, when i was going to do laundry anyhow? “making up a room exactly the way Solar wants” thats a straight lie…that did not occur in any way shape or form…btw looks like you all lied when you said Solar stole from Guru and was going to jail…you lied…and when you said they were Gay(not that there is anything wrong with that;but you did it to denigrate)…you lied…and the time that you all did this ,was the worst most disgraceful time to do it…completely classless,tasteless,egregious,immoral and disgusting…im a holistic person and believe in everyone eventually being able to find the light if they sincerely try…but really now…btw when anyone sums up with “my 2 cents” … you know its usually a big pile of horseshit…also i play about 15 instruments not just keyboard…do your research “gimmy”…heh lets see if you even print this…-”Davey”


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