With today, sadly, marking the third year since Guru’s tragic passing, the good folks at ego trip have unearthed this old VHS (remember those?) footage of the “electronic press kit” for he and DJ Premier’s 1991 album. Dopeness.
Today (March 31) marks the 15th anniversary to the day when Gang Starr’s Moment of Truth was released to critical acclaim; another classic that Preme & Guru notched in their belts. Congrats and Rest In Power to Guru!
It’s been two years since the ill-timed death of Keith “Guru’ Elam, and to be quite blunt, it’s very frustrating to see this icon’s contributions to the culture go so neglected. It seems all the fuckery that went down right after his passing with Holar’s (from here on out we’ll refer to him as “Sirius B”) iniquitous antics overshadowed the chance to celebrate Guru’s life. Off the bat, it seemed that negative press followed everywhere Guru’s name was brought up. Well, not entirely, but with so much of “Sirius B’s” fabricated stories popping up, it sure seemed that way.
Nothing new or rare here. Posted because some may have never seen this footage. Featuring Premo, Guru, Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, Afu-Ra, DJ Scratch & the rest of the Gang Starr foundation. Some of the things Preme mentioned back then seem almost prophetic now, especially his dialogue about vinyl culture. (2)dope! Hit the jump for part two.
In 1999, German rapper SPAX was supporting GANG STARR’s European “Moment of Truth” tour, which led to a collaboration with GURU for SPAX’ album “Engel & Ratten”, released in 2003 by Universal Music.
The song “Träume” (“Dreams”) has now been remixed for this video release including unreleased video material which was filmed by SPAX on the “Moment of Truth” tour and the recording sessions in New Yorks D&D Studio.
Paying tribute to one of the finest MCs in the game. Rest in peace, Guru.
What’s your favorite Gang Starr song? Mine is “All 4 Tha Ca$h.”
Guru – Watch What You Say f. Chaka Khan & Branford Marsalis
Take a moment and mediate for the God. Then pull out one of their LPs, roll an L and vibe to it in memory of the Elohim. He would’ve been Power Cipher (50) today.
On what would have been Keith “Guru” Elam’s 50th birthday, the Gang Starr Foundation member eulogizes him over his former co-conspirator’s trademark sound.
Photo: Alexander Richter.
If you weren’t around to catch this last night, Primo stopped by Funk Flex‘s radio show for a two-hour T.R.O.Y. session for his fallen Gang Starr partner-in-rhyme. Definitely something worth absorbing.
DOWNLOAD: Part 1
DOWNLOAD: Part 2
DOWNLOAD: Part 3
An entire year later, and it’s still a bit hard to digest the fact that another one of Hip-Hop’s Gods and Greats has physically left us, and way too soon. The whole unfortunate deal about Guru’s passing was the drama that ensued with his passing (I won’t mention this other person’s name as he’s still in hiding like the bitch he is) and the theatrical work supplied by that same person, which, in my eyes, seemed to push aside the Hip-Hop communities time to really mourn and pay respects to this legendary man.
Guru, along with a short list of dearly departed greats, left such an extensive and celebrated discography that even the most thorough Guru / Gang Starr fan will spend years discovering released and unreleased music. Add to the fact that DJ Premier will hold his man down forever, and will be soon releasing a bevy of unreleased material in audio and visual formats, we as rap fans can all rest assured that Guru’s legacy will always remain in tact.
Craig G just liberated this unreleased joint called Coming For You featuring Guru. Props to Mikey Fresh.
DOWNLOAD: Craig G – Coming For You f. Guru
Gang Starr – Reality Check (Skit)
Guru – Tongue of Terror
Cookin’ Soul is planning a remix tape for various artists, including this track (which has me kinda questioning the end result because of my obvious stanhood to Primo beats, what with DJ Premier > all). This small montage of clips from 1989 to 2003 is rather dope, though, so we’ll see what happens.
Groove Parlor TV unleashed this old interview of Guru and DJ Premier during their promo run for The Ownerz. They speak on a variety of topics, from their sound to their other projects. Part two down bottom.
“He’d best behave, or I’m a send him a wave // Of some shocking volts, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about // He’s kicking off a bunch of crap so I’ll be the judge of that // The boy lacks artistry, but still tries hard to be // An entertainer, but instead he’s a waste of my time and your time…”
This same bassline was used for a certain 90s R&B hit featuring two obsolete Bad Boy artists. Continuing on with celebrating the Guru, Premo and the Gang Starr Foundation’s legacy and music. In related news, down bottom you will find a link to DJ Premier’s interview with Vibe, where he addresses a few issues that the World has been waiting to hear, and another link where Holar’s baby mama speaks.