Hip-Hop Star Guru Dead At 43
Keith Elam of Gang Starr was also celebrated solo artist
By M. Morris, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2010 11:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Keith Elam, who performed as Guru with the high-profile hip-hop duo Gang Starr, died yesterday. He was 43 and had been battling cancer. Although Guru was from Boston and partner DJ Premier from Houston, Gang Starr played a high-profile role on the New York underground rap scene of the '90s. Guru recorded with Gang Starr from its founding in 1987 into the 2000s even as he established a solo career with his Jazzmatazz series of albums, MTV reports.

"The world has lost one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all-time," collaborator and producer Solar said in a statement. "The world has lost a great man and a true genius." In a letter he arranged to have released after his death, Guru wrote: "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."

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Apr 21, 2010 1:18 AM CDT
Another hip-hop great meets their end. So unfortunate. Guru was def one of the best and will be missed by those that truly loved the music. For a tribute to one of the greatest and the man who formed the rap group GangStarr please go to : http://www.lionsdenu.com/gangstarrs-guru-dies-at-age-43-rip-keith-elam/ Rest in Peace Keith Elam Aka Guru
Apr 20, 2010 11:02 PM CDT
Anyone who thinks that "no singing = not music" is a f---ing dummy. And for those of you who are celebrating the death of "another rapper," why don't you learn about the man first. You'd probably be surprised how musical he was, infusing a lot of jazz into his albums. Don't be a stupid country 4sshole.
Apr 20, 2010 9:28 PM CDT
One more useless rapper down and many more to go (hopefully soon).