Rapper, Guru, passed away yesterday at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer.
Keith “Guru” Elam was the MC for the East Coast hip-hop duo Gang Starr. Gang Starr released six albums between 1989-2003. In 1993 as a solo artist, Guru released the first volume of his groudbreaking Jazzmatazz series (my favorites are Vol 1, Vol 3, and Vol 4) in which he combined live jazz with hip-hop and rapping.
Guru’s manager, Solar, released the following statement:
“The world has lost one of the best MCs and Hip-Hop icons of all-time — my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru. 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.”