Gang Starr - Moment Of Truth (Rest In Peace Guru 1961-2010)


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Published: 8 years ago
Legendary Boston Rapper Keith Elam aka Guru died of cancer Monday (April 19,2010).

He was 48 years old.

Guru leaves behind a wonderful musical legacy with his group Gang Starr as well as his solo career with the Jazzmatazz albums.

The King Of Monotone didn't need to use tricky wordplay to get his point across on the mic.

His no nonsense delivery was one of a kind.

The world misses you Guru, Rest In Peace

***UPDATE*** Wednesday April 21, 2010

Guru's Family Issues Statement. Please Read Below

The Elam family wishes to thank the fans of our son/brother/father uncle/nephew/cousin Keith aka GURU for the outpouring of love, concern and support.

Our hearts are broken by the loss of someone we loved so much. GURU was devoted to his young son, who will most keenly feel his absence.

GURU suffered from multiple myeloma for over a year. Accrued complications from this illness led to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. As a result, GURU was in a coma from mid February until his death and never regained consciousness. Early on the morning of April 19th, he became hypertensive due to low blood pressure. He again went into cardiac arrest and slipped away from us.

GURU died far too young but he was, and we are, proud of all his many legendary musical contributions.

The family is not aware of any foundations established by GURU. We know and understand that countless fans want to express their condolences and love and, to that end, we are planning a memorial event in the near future that will be all-inclusive. Please look for further details from the family as they become available.

from The Elam Family

****UPDATE***** Wednesday April 21,2010

DJ Premier Issues Statement On Guru's Passing

T 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.

IVE 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 GURUS 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. IM 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"


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A TRUE LEGEND with so much natural talent! I was recently asked about my top 5 rappers and mentioned this man to a 20 something yr old that had NO idea who i was talking about - SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 week ago

R.I.P. Guru, hopefully the young generation will come back to listen, to what made RAP! Made it what it is today, thanks

3 months ago

Glad I got to meet this hero of mine, back in 2004.. I keep his autograph under lock and key!!

4 months ago

Some of the most positive lyrical lyrics I’ve ever listened to.

8 months ago

Actions have reactions

8 months ago

Guru's parents were upper class professionals. You don't have to be in the gutter to be a rapper. Rappers, reach for the light instead of darkness.

9 months ago

Almost 1 year since prodigy died :’( and 8 years since guru died :(

10 months ago

How could anyone dislike this.

11 months ago

one of the best to ever do it...

11 months ago

RIP...BRUH,THE TRUTH IS AMAZING...YOUR,WISDOM,KNOWLEDGE,AND LOVE WILL LIVE FOREVER...ONE😎

1 year ago

THE INDUSTRY NEEDS TO PAY HOMAGE TO THIS HIP-HOP LEGEND. GIFTED UNLIMITED RYMES UNIVERSAL 👌👏

1 year ago

“I'm ready to lose my mind, but instead I use my mind. I put down the knife and take the bullets out my 9. My only crime being that I was too damn kind.” – Guru, 1998

1 year ago

This guy is amazing. I'm 24 and just heard of him now. Wow

1 year ago

Gangstarr has been played in my house since childhood and Gurus voice has always stuck to me. He has the best rapper verse I’ve ever heard was really sad to hear when he passed. Rip Legend 🙏🏼

1 year ago

2018. still nobody like him

1 year ago

Classic. RIP to one of the greats!

1 year ago

its ashame i didnt really new guru

1 year ago

Sad song.

1 year ago

wow, ........................what to say? they need a love up to click.

1 year ago

I feel so sad to know that he died. And the worst part is that it was from cancer. What a horrible way to go suffering and withering a way by something you can't fight. Gang Starr is mad underrated and GURU is one of the few artists I felt like I knew personally through their music. He helped me grow up and battle the troubles of poverty and depression. Rest In Peace my man.

1 year ago

Rest in peace!

1 year ago

As a fan of Tupac Shakur, I gotta say that not only that Keith Elam's song is influential, but it's also inspirational. It makes me think twice and love myself before anyone else could love me. It also helps me to follow my dreams of becoming an actor. R.I.P. to all the legends of Hip-Hop, including you GURU. You may be gone, but you're never forgotten.

1 year ago

Carlos Munoz Tupac had his way but Guru is just on another level of the game. He's a revolutionary, not a thug.

1 year ago

Great fuckin rapper, wish there were more like him

1 year ago

Still haven't forgot you Guru!! 7/29/2017

1 year ago

Still!

11 months ago

Too many great rappers are dead ...
R.I.P. GURU

1 year ago

R.I.P. from 2017

1 year ago

rip hip hop

1 year ago

Rip to a true legend 🙏💯

1 year ago

Now this is real Hip Hop ! 💯💯💯

1 year ago

R.I.P. Guru

2 years ago

dope

2 years ago

For me this is easily best hip hop song ever recorded!

2 years ago

I'm in my feelings listening to this song.

2 years ago

Most under rated, prolific, wisdom, real, flavor, lyrical master!

2 years ago

i cried when i saw they announced his death on the news

2 years ago

"Dont feel like drinking or even getting high." "Cuz all thats gone do really is accelerate/ the anxieties that I wish I could alleviate."

2 years ago

His voice so chill(No Homo)💯

2 years ago

+Lil Tunechi JR you know how some people is

2 years ago

Daequan Linwood hows that gay?, and it is

2 years ago

still in 2016

2 years ago

Thanks for being informative. Gang Starr is one of the positive influential Hip Hop artist that paved the way and will always be remember as he lives on. That"s why I"m bout to play his joints. God Bless Gang Starr

2 years ago

RIP THE BEST MC

2 years ago

R.I.P Guru

2 years ago

The General Of The Rap Game....."The Realest"

2 years ago

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🎶🎶🎧

2 years ago

I love this type of hip hop track, because there's so much positivity in this track that you can't help but feel happy inside. I bet that's what Guru wants in all of us: positivity towards one another. R.I.P. to a hip hop legend.

2 years ago

SMUS16475 the goat

1 year ago

You met your moment of truth too soon, R.I.P Guru , lost but NEVER forgotten

2 years ago