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Hip hop legend guru died

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  1. Belo

    Belo JF-Expert Member

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    Hip-Hop Luminary Guru Succumbs To Cancer


    Posted Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:01am PDT by Billy Johnson, Jr. in Hip-Hop Media Training
    Hip-hop icon Keith "Guru" Elam died Monday as a result of cancer-related causes, MTV reports. He was 43 years old.
    Guru was hospitalized in March, and while some outlets reported that he suffered a heart attack, it was never confirmed.
    [​IMG]Guru's friend and partner Solar released a statement following his passing. "The world has lost one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all-time-my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru," Solar wrote, according to MTV. "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 a true genius."
    Solar said Guru wrote a letter before his passing. "I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world," the letter said. "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."
    The letter also addressed Guru's concern for continuing his philanthropic efforts. "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."
    In the message, Guru credited Solar for his support. "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 [of] myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own."
    The note also makes controversial references to DJ Premiere. "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," the letter said. "I had nothing to do with him in life for 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 Gang Starr, I am very proud of what Gang Starr 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 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 Gang Starr or Jazzmatazz 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."
    As the duo Gang Starr with DJ Premier, the group released its most successful album in 1998, Moment Of Truth. They emerged in the ‘80s and were featured in Spike Lee's movie Mo Betta Blues. Gang Starr released its last album, The Ownerz, in 2003.
     
  2. Johas

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    Daah! katika wanaharakati wa Hip-hop ambao wa ukweli na nawakubali huyu alikuwa mmojawapo..,Nadhani wamebakia wachache
    sana katika ulimwengu huu wa ''the real and original hip-hop'' kama akina K.R.S.ONE, agemate wake nafikiri!!

    Namkumbuka sana na ngoma yake moja kali..,''Ex-girl'' jamaa alikuwa mkali

    He will always alive forever in hip-hop world!!!

    Rest in peace..,Guru ''the Ganstar''
     
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    R.I.P Gangstarr
     
  4. Who Cares?

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    R.I.P guru...the gud die young....
     
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    Hey Senior Member

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    RIP Guru...
     
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    Rest in peace Guru
     
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    Dah,
    inasikitisha sana.
    Hip hop imepoteza nguzo nyingine.
    Jazzmatterz foreva.
    R. I. P
     
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    Rapper Guru of Gang Starr dead aged 43, after secret battle with cancer



    Last updated at 8:46 AM on 21st April 2010
    The influential rapper Guru has died in hospital aged 43 following a battle with
    cancer.

    The Boston-born MC, real name Keith Elam, was hospitalised last month after he suffered a heart attack and had been in a coma.

    Guru rose to fame in the 80s as one half of Gang Starr, the conscious rap group he founded with Grammy award-winning producer DJ Premier.
    Gang Starr was credited with the birth of the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre.

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    Rapper Guru, one of the founders of the jazz influence U.S. hip hop group Gang Starr has died of cancer aged 43

    A statement issued by his friend and producer Solar said: 'Guru has passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

    'Guru suffered from the malicious illness for over a year and after numerous special treatments under the supervision of medical specialists failed, the legendary MC succumbed to the disease.'
    Gang Starr released six highly regarded albums in their time together until 2003
    until their acrimonious split.
    After his successful run with Premier, which included classic songs such as Jazz Thing which featured in Spike Lee film Mo' Better Blues, Guru founded 7Grand Records with producer Solar.


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    Guru, real name Keith Elam (right), made six albums with Grammy award-winning producer DJ Premier

    Bizarrely Solar released a letter alleged to have been written by Guru to his fans, but the tone of the letter has led fans to doubt its authenticity.

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    Guru released six albums with DJ Premier

    The statement said: '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.'
    The letter also contained a pointed reference to former bandmate DJ Premier.
    Guru allegedly wrote: '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.'
    Following the split Guru released a series of Jazzmatazz albums where he teamed up with classic jazz, soul and hip hop artists.
    His Best of Jazzmatazz album included collaborations with hip-hop band The Roots, Brand New Heavies singer N’Dea Davenport, Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Donald Byrd, Kelis, Ramsey Lewis, Erykah Badu, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Jamiroquai.
    He continued to tour the world with a band and producer Solar.
    The rapper is survived by a son, KC.


     
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