The death of Guru(Keith Elam) is a tough one for me. He died not receiving the true respect he deserved.
Guru is a name that should be much better known. 2pac and B.I.G. couldn’t even hold Guru’s mic cord. He was above and beyond damn near every rapper on the planet. From the tone of his voice, to his effortless flow. He was truly one of the greatest of all time. I can only hope that he gets the respect times ten that death seems to bring for rappers.
I first heard Guru probably around 1997 or 1998. Hard To Earn by Gang Starr was when my ears first heard the unbelievable rhymes of Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal. From content to flow I was blown away. They way he rides a beat its like it was made for him. Every beat he touched became his. He could have flipped any beat you can think of. He could have made it better than your favorite rapper. The Gang Starr records a essential to anyone who claims to be a rap/hip-hop fan.
His solo Jazzmatazz albums showed me that he had the respect of the music community. Collaborating with such legends as Ramsey Lewis, Roy Ayers and Donald Byrd. Legendary names in Jazz, working with a legend of rap.
I was lucky enough to see Gang Starr open up for Rage Against The Machine at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit Michigan. You wouldn’t think that a rapper could really hit a full arena with his skills and rock everyone. He did. It was an amazing experience. Guru was rocking arenas well before Jay-Z.
The point of this article is to say…
If you don’t know who Guru is, stop sleeping and find out. He may be the Greatest of All Time. He just may be.