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A Message from Guru's Family

We continue to mourn the loss of Guru over here at OKP, and that letter he wrote (while in a coma, hmm) didn't feel like the right way to remember the legendary emcee. Below you will find the official letter on Guru's passing from The Elam family. In celebration of Guru check out this tribute mix Mr. Cee played during the old school at noon on Hot 97 yesterday (he was also bumpin' Gang Starr classics all night at Sutra yesterday). For some more excellent Guru tribute content, Its All The Way Live put together some of The Roots' Gang Starr covers from the Hip Hop Honors Tour, as well as audio from Guru and The Roots performing together live at The Okayplayer tour back in 2000. Also, check out the well put together obituary for Guru the NY Times posted.

UPDATE: DJ Premier has just issued a statement on Guru's passing, you can find it after the family’s statement

The Elam family wishes to thank the fans of our son/brother/father uncle/nephew/cousin Keith aka GURU for the outpouring of love, concern and support.

Our hearts are broken by the loss of someone we loved so much. GURU was devoted to his young son, who will most keenly feel his absence.

GURU suffered from multiple myeloma for over a year. Accrued complications from this illness led to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. As a result, GURU was in a coma from mid February until his death and never regained consciousness. Early on the morning of April 19th, he became hypertensive due to low blood pressure. He again went into cardiac arrest and slipped away from us.

GURU died far too young but he was, and we are, proud of all his many legendary musical contributions.

The family is not aware of any foundations established by GURU. We know and understand that countless fans want to express their condolences and love and, to that end, we are planning a memorial event in the near future that will be all-inclusive. Please look for further details from the family as they become available.

from The Elam Family

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

The Roots – Just To Get A Rep (Live @ VH1 Hip Hop Honors Tour)

Guru + The Roots – Live @ The Okayplayer Tour; Phoenix, AZ 11-12-00

Setlist:

  1. DWYCK
  2. Lift Your Fist
  3. Hustlin’ Daze
  4. You Know My Steez
  5. Full Clip
  6. Mass Appeal
  7. Just To Get A Rep
  8. Keep Your Worries (ft. Jaguar Wright)

Download Link (Right Click and Save)

Gang Starr – Live @ Air and Style Festival; Germany, 12-13-03

Guru – Live @ The Jazz Cafe, London UK 8-3-05

Jazzmatazz – Live In France


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