Guru, Above the Clouds

Guru, hip hop mastermind and lyrically conscious frontman for the seminal 90’s underground group Gangstarr, has officially passed away at age 43.

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Best remembered for his smooth, relaxed, conscious rhyme style, he partnered with the legendary DJ Premier to form an unparalleled duo, helping define Real Hip Hop, a necessity during hip hop’s dark age (mid-90’s, Puffy vs. West Coast ‘gangsta’).

Ever since they would Step In the Arena in 1991, they defined the underground sound. Albums such as Hard to Earn and Daily Operation – while not always commercially successful – were mellifluous elixir for the headz that yearned to escape from the typical “bitches, hoes, 40’s & blunts” sound that dominated the airwaves.

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During this period, Guru’s vision expanded to the true roots of Hip Hop with his revolutionary Jazzmatazz sequence of four albums featuring a wide specter of artists from Branford Marsalis to french lyricist MC Solaar to Donald Byrd to the Solsonics. He reunited with Guru for the introspective, evocative Moment of Truth in 1998, which showcased the duo’s wide range and consistent sound, providing a timeless stamp on their legacy.

It is sad news that Guru passed, but his battle with cancer and subsequent cardiac arrest/coma was too much to overcome.  Guru will be missed, but his vocals, sensibilities and overall ‘hiphopness’ will be forever indelibly embedded in the hip hop ethos.  Guru, enjoy your time Above the Clouds.

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16 comments

  1. SON OF SAM

    WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU MEAN HIP HOPS ‘DARK AGE’ YOU KNOW WERE BUMPIN LIFE AFTER DEATH LITERALLY ALL DAY IN THE LATE 90S DONT FRONT

    PROBABLY EVEN HAD MONEY AINT A THING ON YOUR FUCKIN VOICEMAIL AND SHIT

    ALSO WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE REUNITED WITH GURU I THOUGHT HE WAS GURU DO YOU MEAN PREMIER I HEARD GURU FUCKIN HATES DJ PREMIER SO MUCH HIS WILL GOES OUT OF HIS WAY TO BLOCK HIM FROM EVERYTHING INCLUDING MEMORIAL ISH

    • phatpaulyg

      Dear son of sam,

      1) Stop using caps. its makes you look even dumber than you sound.
      2) if you want to be a troll, LA has plenty of overpasses you can hang out under (I recommend stepping in front of a bus and doing the world a favor)
      3) I think its quite obvious that he meant he reunited with premier, your comment only makes you a bigger douche-bag (which is an amazing feat at this point)
      4) Shut the fuck up. I used to live on 320 West 37th street. Look it up. Its the home of D & D studios. I was premiers neighbor for 3 years and am good friends with dave from D & D (which stands for Doug and Dave – but I doubt you know that).
      5) Unlike your bitch ass, i am friends with these people. There is nothing but love in Premiers heart. But since you never met him, you wouldn’t fucking know that.
      6) Its kind of heard to make a death bed statement while in a coma.

      In conclusion, I suggest that you leave your parents basement and get yourself a girlfriend. But seeing as you are quite the loser, that may be difficult. You may have better luck going gay (if you arent already) you cocksucker.

      • SON OF SAM

        DEAR FUCKASS

        1) SHUT THE FUCK UP NOBODY ASKED YOU SHIT BITCH

        2) I DID STEP IN FRONT OF A FUCKIN BUS AND THAT SHIT RAMMED INTO MY HARD COCK AND EXPLODED INTO 10000 FUCKIN PIECES SO WHY DONT YOU DO ME A FAVOR AND SUCK IT

        3) YOURE THE ONE THAT JUST FUCKIN HYPHENATED DOUCHEBAG WHOS THE DOUCHEBAG NOW YOU FUCKIN DOUCHEBAG

        4) DID YOU REALLY JUST TELL ME WHERE YOU USED TO LIVE I DONT GIVE A FLYING FUCK HEY WHY DONT YOU GO START A WEBSITE LIKE FOURSQUARE EXCEPT INSTEAD OF TELLING PEOPLE WHERE YOU ARE YOU TELL PEOPLE WHERE YOU USED TO BE

        OH YEAH CAUSE NOBODY GIVES A FUCK STOP TRYING TO ACT HARD YOU FUCKIN POSER I LIVE OFF EVERGREEN ST. IN BOYLE HEIGHTS YOU FAKEASS NAMEDROPPING LIAR COME ON DOWN SOMETIME IF YOU WANNA GET CUT BRING FUCKIN GAYASS DOUG AND DAVE IF YOU WANT I DONT GIVE A FUCK

        5) ANYONE WHO FUCKIN SAYS I AM FRIENDS WITH XYZ IS A FAKEASS NAMEDROPPING LIAR ESPECIALLY YOU

        6) YOU SPELLED HARD WRONG YOU FUCKIN IMBECILE PROBABLY CAUSE YOU DONT KNOW WHAT IT MEANS YOU SOFTASS LIMP DICK POSER

        IN CONCLUSION EAT MY SHIT

  2. ochocinco85

    Dude, all-time legend. “Just like baggy slacks, I’m crazy hip hop” <—the cat definitely was that. Will be missed.

  3. Lance

    An edutainer if ever there was one. Exempified what the positive urban (and yes Black urban) movement is, was, and should be about. HipHops Jim Brown if you ask me…..

  4. guruandpremier

    “They say it`s lonely at the top, in whatever you do
    You always gotta watch motherf**kers around you
    Nobody`s invincible, no plan is foolproof
    We all must meet our moment of truth”
    – R.I.P. Guru

  5. higbot

    Guru released a Farewell letter (allegedly). The letter also makes controversial references to DJ Premier. “I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events, tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this,” the letter said. “I had nothing to do with him in life for 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ.

    http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/hiphopmediatraining/265701/hip-hop-luminary-guru-succumbs-to-cancer/

    • SON OF SAM

      THANK YOU SEE THIS GUY KNOWS THE REAL SHIT NOT LIKE YOU BITCHASS PHATPAULYG READ SOME SHIT FIRST THE NEXT TIME YOU TRY TO GET IN MY GRILL OVER SOME SHIT

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