Jazzmatazz (Guru Sendoff) – Jay Electronica Feat. Tone Treasure

Jay Electronica loops a classic Dj Premier interlude to honor Guru on Jazzmatazz which features Tone Treasure on the hook.

Jazzmatazz – Jay Electronica Feat. Tone Treasure

Gang Starr Foundation Joints and other Rarities

The Gang Starr Foundation consisted of Gang Starr members DJ Premier & Guru plus alot of the other artists they frequently collaborated with throughout the 90’s and beyond.  Such acts included Big Shug, Afu-Ra, Group Home, Krumb Snatcha, H Stax, Jeru Da Damaja, NYG’z, Freddie Foxxx & M.O.P.

First up is Serious Rap Shit by Group Home featuring Guru & Big Shug, this joint was actually produced by Guru himself.

Serious Rap Shit – Group Home Feat. Guru & Big Shug

The Piece Maker was actually taken from Tony Touch’s classic album of the same title.  This joint I remember was at the begining of the tape and really set the tone for the rest of Tony Toca’s album, if your not familiar with the Piece Maker go get that.

The Piece Maker – Gang Starr & Tony Touch

Salute Part 2 is a dope song off of First Family 4 Life which featured Guru & Premier.

Salute Part 2 – M.O.P. Feat Gang Starr

Incredible was yet another dope collaboration between KS and Gang Starr off of Krumb’s album Respect All Fear None.

Incredible – Krumb Snatcha Feat. Gang Starr

This joint was labeled as a Gang Starr Freestyle on Funk Flex’s 60 Minutes of Funk Vol. 3 this is just some classic Gang Starr enjoy.

Funkmaster Flex Freestyle – Gang Starr

Counter Punch taken from original Gang Starr member and Boston general Big Shug’s album Who’s Hard?  is one of the last songs which coupled Guru over some DJ Premier production.

Counter Punch – Big Shug Feat. Gang Starr

DJ Premier on the passing of Guru

Official statement from the other half of Gang Starr, DJ Premier.

IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR ME TO GET CONFIRMATION ON THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL MY BROTHER, KEITH ELAM, BETTER KNOWN AS GURU OF THE LEGENDARY GANG STARR.

FROM 1988-2004, WE EXPERIENCED SO MUCH SUCCESS TOGETHER THAT WE WERE ABLE TO EXPAND OUR BUSINESSES INDEPENDENTLY AND GIVE EACH OTHER WHAT GURU CALLED “CREATIVE SPACE”, BEFORE PLANNING TO REUNITE FOR OUR 7TH LP WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT.  TRAGICALLY, WE WILL NEVER REACH THAT DAY.

I’VE BEEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON A LETTER SPEAKING ILL OF ME WHICH WAS SUPPOSEDLY WRITTEN BY GURU IN HIS DYING DAYS.  ALL I WILL SAY ABOUT IT IS THAT OUR TIME TOGETHER WAS BEAUTIFUL, WE BUILT A HIP HOP LEGACY TOGETHER, AND NO ONE CAN RE-WRITE HISTORY OR TAKE AWAY MY LOVE FOR HIM.  ONE THING I WOULD NEVER DO IS PLAY AROUND WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS LIFE.

I  WILL CELEBRATE GURU’S LIFE… I WILL HONOR HIS MEMORY… I WILL GRIEVE WITH THE ELAM FAMILY OVER HIS UNTIMELY DEATH… I WILL REMEMBER THE GANG STARR FOUNDATION AND ALL OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF GANG STARR WHO CAME BEFORE ME – WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER… MOSTLY, I WILL CHERISH EVERYTHING WE CREATED TOGETHER AS GANG STARR, FOREVER.  I’M GONNA MISS HEARING HIS SIGNATURE MONOTONE VOICE WHEN HE WALKS IN THE ROOM, BUT THE SONGS WILL ALWAYS BRING IT BACK TO ME….HIS RHYME FLOWS WERE INSANE, AND I WILL NEVER REMOVE HIM FROM MY HEART AND SOUL…….REST IN PEACE TO THE MAN WHO FELT “SATISFACTION FROM THE STREET CROWD REACTION” … I LOVE YOU GOO…….DJ PREMIER

Courtesy of Live From Headqcourterz

R.I.P. GURU

This is in Memory Of…

Keith Elam Rest In Peace

http://hulkhatetimetravel.com/2010/03/01/gifted-unlimited-rhymes-universal/ (Guru Timeline)

Statik Selektah speaks on Guru

Statik Selektah speaks on the Guru/Solar situation that has developed in the days following the news of Guru s Coma

Ditto.  Here is the video of Guru’s nephew which Statik referred to above, below.

Get well Guru!  We all pulling for you.

Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal

Gang Starr is the quintessential Hip-Hop group, one MC and one DJ.  Dropping six classic albums over 15 years DJ Premier & Guru (gifted unlimited rhymes universal) are Hip-Hop icons.  News came out yesterday (2-28-10) that Guru suffered a heart attack and is currently in a coma, our thoughts and prayers go out to Guru (Keith Elam) and his family.

“The DJ’s name is Premier and I’m the Guru”

The duo kicked things off  in 89′ with No More Mr. Nice Guy  production was handled by Premier, Guru & the 45 King.  Singles like Manifest along with Positivity established the group as more than just one hit wonder’s.

 “Some might say that he’s a dummy, but he’s stickin you and taking all your money”

1991’s Step in The Arena produced entirely by Guru & Premier featured hip-hop classics like, Who’s gonna Take the Weight? Lovesick, Step in the Arena, Check the TechniqueJust to Get a Rep.

Denzel Washington, Wesley SnipesSpike Lee teamed up for the film Mo Betta Blues in 91′ the soundtrack featured Gang Starr’s Jazz Thing.  Being a Jazz head this joint always had me bugging, especially when Guru speaks on Bebop.

 “I be wreckin correct and on the Gang Starr tip, Mc’s who front I’m gonna bust yo shit”

In 1992 Gang Starr dropped Daily Operation this is when shit got real, it was the true introduction of the Gang Starr Foundation with appearances from Jeru the Damaja & Group Home’s Lil Dap.  Daily Operation kicked down doors and is widely considered to be Gang Starr’s first classic LP with tracks like The Place where we Dwell, 2 Deep, B.Y.S. Take it Personal, I’m The Man and Ex Girl to Next Girl.

 “Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is I get more props and stunts than Bruce Willis”

1994’s Hard to Earn was an even bigger success than any of Gang Starr’s previous releases with songs like Mass Appeal, Now You re Mine, Tonz of Gunz, Code of the Streets, The Planet & DWYCK featuring Nice & Smooth.

 “So you know the rhyme style is elevated
 The style of beats is elevated, but it’s still Guru and Premier.”

Moment of Truth to me is Gang Starr’s finest work, and is honestly in my top ten albums all time.  The duo collaborated with Hip-Hop Heavyweights Scarface, Wu-Tang’s Inspectah Deck, M.O.P. Freddie Foxx, K-Ci & JoJo not to mention Gang Starr Foundation members Krumbsnatcha, H Stax & Big Shug for the album.

 “you know the god must bless every single mic he touches”

Full Clip was a Gang Starr greatest hits collection that highlighted some of the duo’s  finest moments as well as a few surprises in Discipline, All 4 The Cash & Full Clip.

 “It’s the true & living with a youthful vengeance”

2003 saw the release of Gang Starr’s most recent chapter The Ownerz led by Who Got Gunz, Skills, Nice Girl Wrong Place, Riot Akt & Rite Where U Stand.

Guru put in work to say the least, he released seven solo LPs  including  four critically acclaimed Jazzmatazz albums which fused Jazz & Hip-hop with the help of other Jazz and R&B musicians.

Gang Starr – All 4 Da Ca$h

Gang Starr is more than a rap group for us @ HHTT they are part of our lives, we have grown up to this music and when you hear someone you respect is hurt or in trouble, you respond.  They say music is a healer so i hope this helps, for all of us @ HHTT, we praying bee, stay strong Guru, stay strong.As you can see we having a regular Gang Starr party in this piece so let me drop a gem! What you know bout this bee!!