Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Guru Rest In Peace

Keith Elam, aka Guru, passed away yesterday.

Gang Starr is my favorite group of all time, all genres. DJ Premier and the Guru had a synergy that was magic. Guru, aka Keithy E, as he signed here, was an emcee and lyricist like no other. I was lucky enough to meet Guru, hang out with him, and watch him perform from the wings a few times. I'm grateful for the memories. Today is a day of mourning for the hip-hop world.

20 years ago my friend Stacey worked at BRE Magazine and found this 8x10 in a file. She also met Guru around this time. She grabbed the photo and had him sign it for me. It hangs in my kitchen. She is also the person who played Gang Starr for me first, from a tape dubbed from Davey D. I've been the biggest Gang Starr fan ever since. It was during Gavin of 1991 that I met them. Almost 20 years ago. My heart goes out to the entire Gang Starr Foundation.

This is what Keith wrote on the photo: "To Stephanie, Keep spinning baby and remember music is the universal voice. Peace and we wish you all of the best! Blessings & love, from 'GURU' Brooklyn - Gang Starr 1990-91 - Upward Flow!"