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Guru's Most Recent Publicist Remembers Her Friend

20 April 2010 2:15 PM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

By Jacki O, 4Sight Media

We received news this morning that the legendary Guru has joined the trailblazers who inspired him. Although we are not currently representing him, 4Sight Media was selected as the publicity firm to handle the publicity for his last three projects in the Jazzmatazz series.

While 7Grand and Solar are handling their publicity internally with several messages that have been released (including Guru's last statement), we wanted to offer our own deepest sympathy to the fans of Guru who support the Jazzmatazz legacy around the world. We honor Guru for leaving us with music that reaches into higher places, for coloring outside the lines of hip-hop and recognizing the musical masters who inspired him. Through Guru's eyes, there was no division between hip-hop and jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul or hip-hop and history.

Guru's Jazzmatazz and endeavors with Premier enabled him to collaborate with a who's who »

- MTV News

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Guru, of Hip-Hop Duo Gang Starr, Dies

20 April 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »


Guru, the Mc for the ’90s hip-hop duo Gang Starr and a solo artist who blended rap and jazz on a series of records, has died of cancer-related causes. He was 43. Born Keith Elam near Boston, the rapper took the name Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) and teamed up with DJ Premier to release the first Gang Starr album in 1989. The group’s second release, “Step Into the Arena,” was later named by The Source as one of the 100 Best Rap Albums.

While many hip-hop acts sampled R&B or even rock records, Gang Starr was known for its use of jazz samples. Guru later explored the fusion of jazz and rap on his solo “Jazzmatazz” series, teaming with musicians like Donald Byrd, Ramsey Lewis and singer N’Dea Davenport. The last of those albums, “Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip-Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future,” came out in »

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