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Official Statement From DJ Premier On The Passing Of Guru

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

Public letter from DJ Premier on the tragic death of his partner in crime Guru, keep your head up Premo!! Hip Hop has lost another legend.


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  • Comment from Marvin

    The Hip-Hop world will always remember GURU

  • Comment from djAcreator

    First lol I always wanted to say that. Anyway much love to all who support Gang Starr and Guru’s legacy will forever reign.

  • Comment from YeahItsAbe

    Nice piece, Preemo. RIP Guru…

  • Comment from GANGSTARR FAN

    all i wanna say is earths loss, is god’s gain,

    Rest In Peace – the legendary GURU,

    and i don’t think anyone should mention ”that guys” name on this page, out of respect, hope everyone agrees

  • Comment from BrookC

    Primo the best
    sad

  • Comment from crudster

    r.i.p Guru!

  • Comment from pedro

    :-(

  • Comment from OriJeanel

    Well said, tasteful & professional….I must say it was heartfelt and I’m glad you see your glass as half-full and not half-empty.

    both of you guys had God-given talents, utilized them productively and made classic, quality music which will stand the test of time..

    Thanks GANG STARR for your contribution to hip hop….

    L.I.P. Live on in Peace GURU….your legacy lives on…

    I hope to make my mark in the game with your inspiration.,,,BLESS!

  • Comment from Noah-O

    A Legend that will be missed. Salutes to Primo for keeping it classy through all the turmoil of the last few months.

  • Comment from BLACKSOUL

    R.I.P GURU Thanx for the joy in listining ,you will neva be forgotton my brother

    neva!!!!!!!!!! BLACKSOUL.

  • Comment from wooh-haaaaaaa

    so people its official

    its creativity space!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and no beef!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    omg

    rip

  • Comment from B.ski

    So heartfelt. If you didn’t feel a tear shedding, you don’t have a soul. GANGSTARR FOREVER!
    Thank you Premier.

  • Comment from Josh

    Much Love and Respect Premier, I’m sorry about your loss. Keep your head up brother. RIP GURU! LOVE YOU!

  • Comment from mr drastick

    sad. i just discovered his work.i was never a fan. i feel late. going 2 buy all the gang starr albums on saturday. gotta catch up and expirience what many gang starr fans hace over many years.

    @mrdrastickldn

  • Comment from djiperfection

    Gifted unlimited rhymes universal, lives on forever. We will remember him for gangstarr creations. Not solar. Justice served through reality. Preemo your words are genuine. Good look. Forget the hate, spread the love, and put this into the music we create and share. Peace to a brother to all real artist, “its the voice that gets you up ” perfection

  • Comment from Haylow

    I agree with all the comments, and they are all well said.

    Primo, thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts.

    GURU still lives!

  • Comment from Dj Pup Dawg

    That must have been hard Preemo, well said, nothing less from you was expected! He will truly be missed! From the Jamn family to all of Guru’s family our condolenses go out! R.I.P Your talents will be missed, but never forgotten. Peace
    Pup

  • One word 4 DJ Pemier in those difficult times:
    RESPECT

    Keep Gangstarr Alive. Keep Guru alive.

    http://www.fotolog.com/zengagain/15006069

  • Comment from Anyake

    Man I’m still grieving. Premo is a class act. My prayers with the Elam family. RIP Bald Head Slick.

  • Comment from phil

    Very eloquent statement ,Preem you’re always a class act.

    RIP Guru !

  • Comment from Mahoney

    Thank you, Premier, for the touching letter. And thank you, Guru, for all of the great music you made with your partner as Gang Starr. You touched millions and the records & your impact will live on. You both have much to be proud of and we’ll all keep Guru’s voice, name, and life in our hearts forever. RIP Guru.

  • Comment from MassAppeal

    True definition of a MC..

  • Comment from DYNAMITE HIP-HOP UK

    Premo you have risen above the drama created by certain people during these tragic times. The world will ultimately remember the music that gang starr created, and nothing else. People may have rode on coat-tails and been given meal tickets, but the hip-hop community is 100% thinking of Guru, his family and YOU, and no-one else.

  • Comment from Milky-TheHipHopMarthaStewart

    Well said by a man of class…and with love in his heart. No doubt in my mind that the real truth will come to light reguarding “the other dude”. Love is truth and that devil can’t touch it. “This is in memory of”….the legendary GURU!

  • Comment from The Boss

    RIP Guru.. Stay up Premo!

  • Comment from Erik Powery

    REAL DOPE!!! … Classic Primo

  • Comment from hgll

    Respect to Preemo.
    Godbless Guru.

  • Comment from malik gee

    Thank you Primo. I, and I’m sure many others, was waiting for your official statement, and it is just as I would expect it: with a lot of class and sincerity. Thank you. All the true Hip-Hop heads around the world are supporting the Elam family and the Gang Starr Foundation, in this hard times.

  • Comment from ACthePD

    My heart goes out to you my brother!

  • Comment from Jstokes

    We all know Guru did not write that letter. May GURU the legend rest in peace.

  • Comment from ditc4ever

    The Hip-Hop world has lost one half of the greatest Rap Duo of all time!!!!!!!! Guru may you Rest In Peace!!!!!!!! GANGSTARR FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment from haze3000

    please check out a remix i made as a tribute to guru. from a guy that bought every rap cassette from day one back in the 80’s. this is really tough to accept…i’m still waiting for my moment of truth…:(

    http://www.myspace.com/haze3000

  • Comment from Marz

    Mad respect Primo. True class act. RIP Guru.

  • Comment from Bert

    i can honestly say that guru and gangstarr changed my life.. being like 10 years old already anxiously waiting for any form of music from guru and primo ..changed the way i listened to music.. thought about life.. and gave me that passion.. guru will be forever missed.. and regardless of anything said in the final days for whatever reason possible premier will always have my support and sympathy.. god bless

  • Comment from DJ Real

    Premiers humble words bring me tears of joy. RIP Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal. You are a true legend and your devastating battle lyrics, said with sly wit and a monotone voice will always be remembered by me, you were one of my favorite emcees. I too hope to one day follow in Premier’s steps, ever since i started listening to gang starr (1 year ago) i have had this special inspiration and love for hip hop that i just cant get rid of. Word up, what an influential legacy Guru and DJ Premier have. Again, like the other guy said, try to keep certain people out of this. This man needs to rest in peace.

  • Comment from Karleigh

    Sad time for hip-hop because another true MC has been lost. What’s even sadder are the circumstances surrounding his death. I feel sorry for everyone caught up in that mess and hope that the truth will come out very soon so that Guru can rest in peace.

    Guru,

    I have been a fan since the 80s and have followed your career since that time. Even when I didn’t care for rap music as a whole, you were the exception. Through your lyrics, you spoke truth, dropped knowledge and gave encouragement. In my opinion, you were one of the best in the game. A class act. The genuine article. There was nothing fake or phony about you at all. That’s something hard to find in hip-hop nowadays.

    My regrets are that I never got a chance to meet you and that you left this planet way too soon and without resolving the issues with your family. Rest in peace Guru. You are in a better place now. Free of hurt and pain. You will never be forgotten by the millions of fans that you’ve left behind.

    My condolences to his family. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Comment from J

    Yo Preme, I think your capslock is stuck, homie. LOL

    But YO, the world knows SOLAR wrote that letter. He will get his.

    It’s good to see your thoughts on the matter, though. Keep spreading the GangStarr love. GANGSTARR FOREVER!

  • Comment from MAURIZIO

    Torino (Italy)

    I have no words to express my feelings after this sad news…
    This is a sad moment……keith was my boy…
    what a big loss for the all entire HipHop comunity!
    my prayers is for the fam and close friends…..
    too bad, i couldn’t be there now,
    im too far away…but u are very close in my heart and my mind.
    i know Guru more then 15 years…
    since u came to Italy…in the early 90’s.
    with GANGSTARR!
    I will never forget, when he came to my house, the very first time… it was a such honor for a big fan like me.. a real cool dude and very talented Artist.
    Funny..i remenber..he was surprised to see pics of his friends hanged on my wall…..he was laughin’….he felted right away, like being at home! ..after that…we became good friends along with you, Gordon, Black, jeru, Dap and the rest of the crew..
    we share lotta great memories together, on stage, backstage, in clubs…everywhere in italy, in Barcelona, in Ny, in Vegas… everywhere we had the chance to see each other around the world! …everytime was like meeting my HipHop fam.
    I feel i’m still part of Gangstarr foundation since he put me down…he always used to say..Mauri is fam 😀
    I can’t believe my boy Guru is…..i don’t even wanna say that word!
    Definitely he ruled a big influence in my life, like for many of us that had the honor and pleasure to see him performing and know him personally.
    Hope he’s in a better place now…”Above The clouds”
    thank you Guru… I already miss u!!!

    mauri

    PS: PREMO PLEASE, STAY STRONG BRO…LUV YA FAM!

  • Comment from fortydogg

    gifted unlimited rhymes universal/ perfect combo him and premo, wish they reunited once more we neva no whatz in da future so fo the sake of future hip hop generations lets kut the bullshit the industry tries to use to seperate the power we have as a whole gener of our muzik and get back 2 bizness

  • Comment from Hazardous

    Premo,

    I spent the entire day listening to you guys! Goo with da wit da voice, U you wit da handz.. Prem, my heart feelin mad pain, we lost a legend. U lost a brother! My Word, I loved ur music! YA NICCA’s GOT STRAIGHT CLASSIC’S!!!!!!! Dat “boom bat” wit dat “line 4 line” straight fire, MAAAAAANNNNNNNNNN listen!!!! REAL HIP HOP 4 sure!
    I think your official blog abt Goo’s feeling was handled very classily. Hope the things I am reading abt you not able to c UR BROTHER on his death bed was false…
    & please @ every show BLAST Guru’s NAME!!!! ONE LOVE!!!
    REST IN PEACE Guru

  • Comment from The Dawg

    Well said.

    R.I.P. Guru.

  • Comment from Pam

    Rest in Peace Guru, you are now free. Like Primo said the original members of Gang Starr and fans and friends will always remember the music. It’s about the music, the message, about real hip hop.

  • Comment from Tanner G

    Guys I happen to know Solar and Premo both and they have both told me it was because Premo slept with Guru’s sister. please feel free to discuss further at my site.

  • Comment from Ciara Fan

    This letter is very well written. GURU was a talented artist. Remember That letter which snake azz Solar claimed Guru released in the middle of march? Dont forget that letter, either.

    it said:
    “I am doing fine and I am recovering! I’m weak though. Solar is the only person who has the accurate info on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false! I appreciate your well wishes and all the love!”

    Highly suspect! THE DUDE WAS IN A COMA IN MARCH!!! I read on a message board that the CNA who was cleaning up GURU said he was in a coma the entire month of march. Im coming back to post the link to the message board, i cant find it…gotta search for it again.

    sidenote, please support Ciara and her new RIDE video, thats a bad bish!

  • Comment from Kyle Wright

    Premier, i would never doubt your love for Guru and Gang Starr. Anyone that would is straight stupid. It sucks when rumors get spread, especially during a sad and tragic time like this. Let Guru rest in peace!!! One of the best voices on the mic, you knew exactly who it was, when he would spit a verse. He is a true hip hop legend!

  • Comment from ëlf128

    Peace to Dj Premier.You are HipHop,and We Don’t have nothing but Love for You B.

  • Comment from tonyatlas

    We really need to show Guru some respect. Nothing said by anyone about anything will change what he and Premo did for hip hop. This is a seminal group that changed the game and no personal beefs or issues can ever change that.

  • Comment from dj bliss

    Respect to Dj Premier!

  • Comment from Hipnotic

    What was expected of Premier came and it was as we expected. Nothing else but strong, warm & truthfull words. I don’t care what the ‘letter to the fans’ had to say Premier has every right to response on Guru’s death wether its legal or not.

    Guru will be missed and grieved that is for sure. Hiphop lost a pioneer, at the time he was a living legend. Now he’ll remain a legend for eternity. Nevertheless, Guru will never leave our, and every hiphop fans heart or soul. It’s the music that flows in all of us, we all feel it.

    My condolences to the Elam family, friends of Guru and everybody whom was close to him.

    Live on in eternity, may you rest in peace with Tupac, Big L, Big Pun, ODB and so many more.

    Hiphop is more than music, its a lifestyle. Honour those who braught ease to your mind, music to your ears and a goosebump chill when u hear that bombass beat.

    Farewell to the mortal world Keith Elam, your music shall live on forever.

  • Comment from ESDEE

    A very class act, respetful letter about the man.
    Nothing else to say.
    Peace Preemo, Stand strong.
    Esdee

  • Comment from Cevas

    I remember Guru as my shaman, the real voice of the reality, a jurassik rapper, an icon, a real master, above the clouds.
    I know Gangstarr since 2006, i heared all the music he maked… here in my country,Portugal.
    RIP Guru, your soul will rest on us, your music will continue to inspire MC´s from all places of the world.
    Reality,unity, peace and creation.

  • Comment from Eric Francis

    I still remember the first time i heard the track “Now you’re mine” right to the street corner i was when it started. I thought my head would explode on the spot from the 1-2 punch of the crazy beats, musical atmosphere and Guru’s delivery of his rhymes. I had this experience from pretty much all the gangstarr songs the first time i heard them.

    I can imagine that someone *cough cough Solar* might have played on Guru’s ego in his last years for him to give these perplexing comments about gangstarr being only him, most people understand Primo was also key in making what Gangstarr is. It was the 1-2 punch of music, rhyme delivery and intelligence that you really cant extirpate one from another. It was a whole.

    I hate the word “class” but you know what i mean, and thats what Primo shows in his statement.

  • Comment from nintendo ds

    I can’t imagine that he is not between us now.We never forget his voice.He was a legend.May God bless his soul.

  • Comment from Tiz

    whos that solar dude anyway? no-one was ever interested in him.

    GANGSTARR, GURU, PREMIER – A legacy of Hiphop!

    Guru we will always remember You and keep on playing the tracks we love!

    thx for bringing knowledge of life to us.

  • Comment from Catrom(France)

    Nothing to say excepted that DJ premier is a real friend, brother, and i’m sad for him, because he never met again guru to reconciliate.
    Now he passed away… An end like the one between Eazy E and Dre would be better, but cuz of Solar…

  • Comment from Melaki

    Premo = Greatness

    RIP Guru!!!

  • Comment from Dubious

    The whole is greater than the sum of the parts…

    Individually they were both brilliant artists, anyone who has listened to the many, many tracks Preem has produced for so many other artists will agree, or heard Guru’s solo efforts.

    But it was when they came together that something truly special happened. Preem seemed to save his best production work for Guru, as he knew only Gu could do the beats justice. It seemed like Guru’s monotone voice and intellectual battle rhymes were perfectly suited to Preems beats. Preems raw, hard hitting beats and brilliant choice of vocal samples, the combination of which just screamed HIP HOP, and everything you love about hip hop, all came together perfectly as soon as Guru would begin spitting over the track.

    Personally I feel Gangstarr’s work started going downhill when I heard The Ownerz. Any other hip hop artist would be proud of such an album. Someone who perhaps had never heard of Gangstarr before, and who then heard The Ownerz would probably think it was unbelievably dope. Their previous work raised everyones expectations of what a Gangstarr album is. The Ownerz never came close to meeting these sky high expectations, unlike previous albums which did. So maybe a 7th album was just not meant to be…

    The Gangstarr Legacy will live forever though. Gangstarr was also raw, the eptiome of “street”, never watered down, never suger-coated for the masses.

    Peace, and thanks for the music, it’ll never die

  • Comment from maurizio

    This is a sad moment…
    I have no words to express my feelings after this sad news.
    ….keith u was a very cool dude….i always consider you my boy…
    Now, my prayers is for your fam and close friends……..
    only God and u, knows really who they are! …
    All the insame i’ve read about in this sad days is pure madness i won’t believe it Premo Loves u like a brother!
    it’s been more then 15 years…
    since you and Premo came to Italy…
    in the early 90’s with GANGSTARR!
    I will never forget, when you came to my house,
    it was a such honor for a big fan like me..
    I still remenber a funny story at my Beats4LifeStudio…..
    u was so surprised to see pics of your friends, also my friends, hanged on my wall between records….u had your big smile on your face…and right away u felted like being at home, u said “your neighborhood remind me back home where i live in ny”…… that was makes me feel goog!
    ..since then… we became good friends along with Premo, Gordon, my boy Black (word up!), Jeru, Dap… and the rest of the crew..
    we had a strong mutual respect for each other, we share great memories together, on stage, backstage, in clubs…listenin’ my beats in my car everywhere in italy, in Barcelona, in Nyc, at the Magic Show in Vegas…around the world.. pure fun… for me was always like the very first time…so happy to see my Gangstarr fam… u and Premo always showed so much respect for me and my friends, real recognize real, was such honor be part of your Gangstarr foundation since u and premo put me down…
    I can’t believe now you’re gone young starr!
    Definitely u ruled a big influence in my life, as well for many of us that had the pleasure to be witness of your great performances and those ones, jus’ like me that had the honor to know you personally.
    Hope u are in a better place…”Above The clouds”
    thank you for everything……
    miss u bro!

    PS: (PREMO… STAY STRONG BROTHER, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!!!)

    mauri

  • Comment from Damian

    Caps lock is the one above the shift key.

    HTH.

    Damian

  • Comment from Sensei Walingh

    Whut a mess…all the trash talkin bout preem…man…solar is a fool…preem the man though

    Sensei Walingh

  • Comment from Ryan

    Extremely classy – i would expect no less from the worlds best producer.
    RIP Gifted Unlimited

  • Comment from Doug G

    Primo could not have communicated any better to the friends, family and fans of Gang Starr on what it’s all about!……RIP Guru

  • Comment from Joey Small

    Yo. I’m from Miami. When Step in the Arena came out. I was in heaven. Real Hip Hop was hardly represented and hard to find in my beloved home of Miami. Guru and Premeir gave a priceless gift to a Hip Hop head in a barren locale (where hip hop is concerned). I will never forget watching GangStarr’s video on Video Music Jukebox..Blew My Mind! Preimo, I know bullshit when I smell it. Keep strong. What really matters is untarnishable so don’t sweat the other stuff. Gang Starr fans are with you in your time of mourning. By the way, you’re the best that has ever done it. Keep it up. Life goes on…remember…his “infinite spirit” lives on.

  • Comment from Lambrate 90

    Guru no more in this planet and this is the only BAD things i know.
    then , tha rumours are totally inappropriate and offensive.
    i dont care about this Solar or, but otherwise homophobic comments on this SAD story are shit.
    GANGSTARR forever
    ciao Guru, un saluto da Lambrate

  • Comment from Obi

    From the grape vine Guru has been cremated already. i can’t believe this. wow

  • Comment from Supreme

    Sad time I can imagine for elam family & preem, been a gang starr fan since moment of truth drop got into hip hop late . Lets not forget Big Shug, everyone comments without guru/premier there would be no gang starr but guru/shug were singing before rhyming, they are the joint co-founders of gang starr. Guru may have added a lot to it through his religious affiliations, beliefs etc. R.I.P Guru, without gang starr I would never have been such a big hiphop fan as I discovered them first (moment of truth), they just sounded like nothing else premier/guru. Its one of the sadest things there will be no reunion now, i hope the rest of the foundation reunite settle differences and pay tribute to their fallen comrade by doing an album. I love you all man, withhout this I would never have been inspired to produce my own beats in recent days. Moment of truth was the peak, ownerz was still good and some tracks sound better when you hear them again, but if you bought the album ownerz you could see gurus mind was already changing in his credits he gave shout to the nation of gods and earths: black jesus (who introduced solar)& solar himself, saying pretty much our time will come soon! Noone needs to do anything I believe in kama, solar’s end will come.

  • Comment from DJ SCOB

    R.I.P GURU, I REMEMBER I MEET U & DJ PREMIER IN NORWAY desember 1992 DOPE Show, you were Nicest People on PLANET& Bring BEST HipHop music & show ever,
    best mvc best turntablist,,
    respect forever
    DJ SCOB/Norway

  • Comment from Georgina

    I feel ur sentiments Premo…R.I.P Guru…Gifted unlimited for sure!

  • Comment from Lg Roc

    “HIS SIGNATURE MONOTONE VOICE”
    God Dammit! That was the best definition of HIS voice!
    We Love you Guru from Gangstarr!
    God knows what He does!

    DJ Premier, Cheers and keep doing what we love!

  • Comment from olcay

    R.I.P to one of the best MC`s of all time . His music is timeless. primo and guru were the best hiphop duo in history of hiphop. greets from germany.

  • Comment from rebel

    R.I.P Guru, onw of the best MCs ever. Also all my respects and support to Premo, specially now that many ill words have been said against him. Gangstarr wouldn’t have been possible without these two unique men, and proof is that Guru didn’t do much after he left the group.

    Peace to you both from Barcelona, Europe.

  • Comment from Nike

    The greatest hiphop-duo in history is Gangstarr.
    Guru was a true musician and human being. Rest in peace man.

  • Comment from MagicSoul

    best answer possible

  • Comment from Alright Neil

    To the Elam Family, Preem, Gang Starr Foundation, my deepest condolences. This is a true loss of a Hip Hop Legend. Preem, PLEASE DON’T STOP carrying the torch, you do it soooo well. When I bang “Hard to Earn’ or even “Moment of Truth”, I felt dude was speaking to me and all of the hip hop community. We miss you, Guru, R.I.P………

  • Comment from Alright Neil

    btw, GANG STARR is STILL the sure shot & it’s like that!!!

  • Comment from Alphonso John Powell

    Peace to all of the Gangstarr members. My prayers go out to all of you, no matter what happened seven years ago, together you have touched us all. Guru will be missed but in his own words “more than a decade of hits that will live forever (full clip)”. The music you left will be passed from our childen to theirs. He will never be forgotten

    Big John Powell

  • Comment from Kick Back

    RIP to GURU… I cried when I heard Bald Head Slick passed away… sad sad day for hip hop… GURU was and always will be my number one inspiration… a good cd that is helping me through these times is Guru Presents Ill Kid Records… I strongly suggest buyin it and bumpin it non stop. Ive had it for years and when I went back and played the joint “life” feat M.O.P. and Stikken Moov…. ahh man let me just say it was a spiritual moment. Premo I got maaad respect for you and what you said in that statement… I feel like you honored your brother well… every damn day I will celebrate Gurus life and legacy… peace G… above the coulds

  • Comment from Snailey

    Remember seeing him at North Sea Jazz at the Bel Air hotel in The Hague back in the day jamming with George Benson & Roy Hargrove.
    R.I.P

  • Comment from DJ TEKNIK

    Solar cant handle all this love GURU is getting I just wish him and preem world have done it one more time..

  • Comment from J1

    I met Guru back in the 90’s. I sat in D&D Studios while he was being interviewed about growing up in Boston and making it in New York. Guru was always an inspiration to me. I just want to paste his words here for the world to see:

    “Freud, a philosopher, but I’m a realist / So philosophize this, without love we won’t exist”

  • Comment from GB

    Everyone knows Solar is a liar. I hope justice is served and sorry you lost your friend. Too many psychos swarming around those they are jealous of and eventually tear that person down.

    I can guarantee you Guru cared about you and all of his real friends. This Solar guy is just a chump and may he get what he deserves.

  • Comment from Cool

    I met Guru and Premier in China White London and we kicked it like we knew each other for years. No egos just a case of real recognizing real. We’re doing a tribute in Leicester free entry all welcome its gonna be big.

    RIP Guru

  • Comment from Mate Croat

    Man, you can even split atoms, but you can’t separate GURU from Premier and GANG STARR. It’s not natural.
    Thank you Premo for showin that you are as great man as you are producer. A great man never turns his back on his friends.
    GURU R.I.P.

  • Comment from HLR

    Who’s Gonna Take the Weight was the first Gangstarr I ever heard in 1991. We got the Step In The Arena tape not much later and played it on the tape deck blaster at my pal’s. It totally blew our minds and I had to know what these guys were up to ever since. The scratch hooks were insane. We marvelled at Guru’s ability to spit 16 bars without even rhyming a single word and still sound dope! Everything Goo and Preem did seemed fresh and ground-breaking.

    Condolences to Guru’s family and loved ones. So sad, the good die young . . . but the music and the message live on.

    Best wishes to Premier, the other half. Stay strong and keep up the good work man!

  • Comment from Mastafive

    Nei giorni della mia formazione dell’ Hip Hop leggevo le rime dei rappers della golden age e parlavano dei 5 percenters, come del resto in quel periodo faceva GURU, poi arrivo la coscenza di cio accadeva e le parole e il flow di guru sono sempre sti una guida per me e per la mia musica, non prima , non dopo ma insieme a Primo.
    Che Dio si ricordi di cio che rappresenti per noi e ti tratti come ne conviene.
    Peace
    J

  • Comment from Antonio

    Peace to the entire Elam Family.You are the one who lost a Family member and who deserves our condolence!
    All this rumor and publicity shit going on in the moment need to be stopped as soon as possible,thats not in Gurus sense.
    Prem, thanks for keeping it real with gurus heritage!We are with ya. Cant wait to see ya on the 13th of June here in Sydney, I hope you’ll make it to here. Lets have a tribute party for your man Guru!!
    Cause its mostly Voice….I’m listening to all your Lp’s since days, cant stop HipHop running through this veins:-)

  • Comment from jharris

    My condolences to the Elam family, RIP to the legend, the Guru. I remember listening to DJ Premier cut up Mass Appeal on the Thunderstorm WBLS back in the 90s. I remember the Jazzmatazz series, I remember when I first heard “Royalty” and it immediately became one of my favorite songs of the time. Guru bought so many good Hip Hop memories to me, and he obviously touched so many lives. We all mourn his passing, but he left so much here to live through. F*ck all the bullsh*t, Solar could never have or be what Gangstarr was and is. That’s what it is!

  • Comment from rubyreddblr

    damn lemonade was a popular drink and it still is……. i have been hearing guru since April 20th…. that letter was bogus…. preemo is a very humble person and he is a great producer… i knew solar’s handshake wasnt matching his smile when he wasnt letting the family see guru in the hospital…. this is very tragic to everyone involved…. i hope the family is ok and they have my greatest and deepest sympathy… we lost another great rapper….

  • Comment from Nappanott

    R.i.p. Guru , u were truly a master of your craft…. Hip hop to the core , …

    Gangstarr 4eva !!!!

  • Comment from desaw

    I can’t speak..it’s a big shock for me…
    Guru was always true in da game..
    Primo ! keep ya head up!
    Peace from Lodz from Poland

    [*]

  • Comment from Kso

    Don’t ya worry Primo, nobodys gonna fall in that Sol shit. There is no doubt in anyones mind that the chemistry you had with Guru was something special, your sparse, dope beats with Gurus monotone raps. You made something special and unique. Be proud of that for ever, it rocked me for good, as did Jazzmatazz.
    Strength for you, and keep up the Legacy.

  • Comment from Marcus Jazz

    I’m so sad…Iv’e noticed the tragedy today and…I Don’t want belive it.

    The Whole Wide World is missing hip hop’s mass appeal know. The Gang Starr formation was a saveior for the hip hop music.

    Down here in Hungary we hip hop and jazz lovers are all missing Guru, and being sad. Hardly.

    For the respect I feel for you guys is unwritable.

    Rest In Peace Rhymegun Slinger and many luck for primo.
    HUNGARY LOVES YOU

  • Comment from Pasquale

    Whaaaat???? Guru is gone???? Nooooooo!!!!
    I’m so sad now, this news falls like a brick on my head. I can’t believe it… :((
    He needs to come back, just to give a shout out to all his fans… Damn…
    I feel like lost now… They were my preferred hip hop duo.
    Guru oh man, what now without ya. We’re lost…
    I can’t believe what I’m saying but RIP brother.
    We love ya!
    You are already missed and always be missed!! :((
    Can’t believe it…
    Condolences to all the family, near friends and of course his preferred DJ PREMIER.
    Live ya life the fullest…

  • Comment from Lil Crawford

    1LOVE from Da Vk FAM!

  • Comment from Boo, Poland

    There are only few MC’s which influenced me so much – one of them was, and will always be, Guru. He introduced me to jazz, I will be gratefull for that till rest of my days.
    You’re truly A GURU
    a legend,
    a lifesaver…

    For me.
    Poland will always remember.

    RIP

  • Comment from africa malivasi

    Guru was the greatest of all times.Africa will miss u for real.and u primo keep goin i respect u too.I salute u Gang starr

  • Comment from IBeMee

    “Gang Starr has gots to be the sure shot! And it’s like that…!!!”

    Rest In Peace GURU my friend. I’ll never forget how cool and down to earth you were with me and your fans at your Gang Starr concerts in Berlin, Germany! A genuine and real human being, a GURU! I was a 14/15 year old kid and looking up to you. You loved people and life and you loved to communicate and show/teach people love + respect.

    One.

  • Comment from alex

    about the legacy of GANG STARR: discovered them after hearing GURU’S JAZZMATAZZ. i haven’t got many hip hop records at home, but i’m an avid record collector, and “moment of truth” is something that any serious record collector should have at home – it’s part of musical history, just like the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper”… and so is the creative partnership between GURU and DJ PREMIER!

  • Comment from michel

    Listening to your songs, that’s immortal, You’ll be here forever

  • Rest In Peace GURU my friend. I’ll never forget

  • Comment from Tony

    It always seems to be the good one that go too early in life. Everything happens for a reason I suppose. My love and respect goes out to the Elam family, stay strong! You will never be forgotten as the music you created was pure genius.
    Premier, you always were my favourite dj after I herd ex girl to the next

  • Comment from fred

    Wow, that was genuinely sincere and extremely touching. Solar is a bitch. He tried to do Primo dirty..we know the truth. #r.i.p guru

  • Comment from C-MC

    Damn a reunion album ? too bad it didn’t happen :/


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