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Nov 01

Dope new video for the Marco Polo/Premier/Kweli song honoring Guru.  Directed by Todd Angkasuwan.

Marco’s upcoming album PA2: The Directors cut will be on Soulspazm Records.

via Mass Appeal

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Nov 01

As seen recently, live on the main stage at the A3C Festival, J-Live covers Dwyck in it’s entirety. This studio recording is from the highly anticipated, soon to be released mixtape “The Live Supremacy”. J-Live, in typical three man team S.P.T.A. fashion covers the classic Nice & Smooth Gang Starr collaboration. Complete with omage to the late great Guru. Listen at Soundcloud, or listen and download at Bandcamp

Dwyck (Nice and Smooth & Gang Starr Cover) by J-Live
New Tour Dates:

Nov 6, Albany, NY @ Academy Park
for Occupy Albany

Nov 14, Atlanta, GA @ 529
W/ Underground System Afrobeat

Dec 2, Johannesburgh, South Africa
@ Zula Bar

Dec 3, Capetown, South Africa
@ OST Newtown

Dec 8, Stuttgart, Germany @ Mono Bar

Dec 9, Bremen, Germany @ Lightplanke

Dec 10, Wil, Switzerland @ Gare de Lion

Dec 14, Belrin, Germany @ Cassiopeia

Dec 16, Paris, France @ la Bellevoise

Dec 17, Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Gala Hala

Dec 21, Gothenberg, Sweden
DJ set @ Yaki-Da

Dec 22, Oslo, Norway
DJ set @ Fugazi

Dec 24 Leipzig Germany

more info: J-Livemusic.com

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May 19

DJ Serv1 just hit us with a link to a Guru tribute mixtape he just completed.  Check it here.

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Apr 22

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

(from allhiphop.com)

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Apr 20

Wow, we’re having a really hard time believing the news…GURU has passed away at age 43 (edit: 47, thanks jon) reportedly from cancer.   Taken before his time… really a class act.

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Mar 16

Matt Africa’s  Gang Starr appreciation…

Click the cover for link.  To read the full track listing and some notes, click here.

There seems to have been a lot of drama surrounding Guru’s hospital stay.  Regardless, we’re hoping Guru is feeling better and on his way to making a full recovery.

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Mar 03

According to a statement released to Allhiphop.com, Guru’s surgery went well and he is weak but recovering:

“I am doing fine and I am recovering! I’m weak though,” Guru told AllHipHop.com in a statement today. “Solar is the only person who has the accurate info on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false! I appreciate your well wishes and all the love!”

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Feb 28

Hip Hop Wired has posted that Guru from Gang Starr has fallen into a coma after suffering cardiac arrest.  He is scheduled to go into surgery tomorrow, we are hoping everything goes well…

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