One of the most prolific artists would have been 59 years old today, but in The Source Magazine, and all the rest of the Hip-Hop community will always remember the legacy of Gangstarr’s Guru.
Born Keith Elam in Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1961, the Guru was founded with the Gangstarr Foundation, and in 1987, together with the Texas-born beat-maker, DJ Premier, and a short time later and released the group’s first full length studio ALBUM No More Mr. Nice Guy. The Guru was also one of the Jazz/Hip-Hop fusion with his Jazzamatazz album in the series, which was made up of the likes of Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan, and I have a long list of legendary musical icons.
In 2010, the Guru is ill from a rare blood cancer known as multiple myeloma,” and succumbed to the deadly disease, on the 19th of April of the same year. Guru was survived by his parents, three brothers, and a son named Keith Casim.
Guru’s musical legacy lives on today through his Gangstarr work, and the work that he created in 7 Grand Records, which he co-founded by the Brooklyn-based producer of Solar energy in the year 2005.
A this posthumous salute will go out to the Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal on his birth-day!