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The Guru (1961–2010)

The Guru was born on July 17, 1961 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA as Keith Elam. He died on April 19, 2010 in Suffern, New York, USA. See full bio »


(age 48) in Suffern, New York, USA

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 2012 Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (Documentary) (writer: "Full Clip", "Mass Appeal (Instrumental)")
 2011 The Lincoln Lawyer (writer: "Moment of Truth" - as Keith Elam)
 2010 Holy Rollers (writer: "Loungin'" - as Elam, Keith)
 2009 Fish Tank (writer: "Just to Get a Rep (Explicit)" - as Keith Elam)
 2009 Notorious (writer: "Machine Gun Funk" - as Guru)
 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) (writer: "Who's Gonna Take the Weight?" - as K. Elam)
 2008 The Wackness (writer: "Summertime')
 2007 Redline (performer: "The Streets Ain't Safe" - as Guru) / (writer: "The Streets Ain't Safe" - as Keith Elam)
 2007 Freedom Writers (as Keith Elam, "Code Of The Streets")
  Friday Night Lights (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2006) (writer - 1 episode, 2006)
- Crossing the Line (2006) ... (performer: "Knowledge of Self" - uncredited) / (writer: "Knowledge of Self" - uncredited)
 2005 Coach Carter (as Keith Elam, "Same Team, No Games")
 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game) (writer: "B.Y.S.")
 2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business (writer: "Put Up or Shut Up" - as K. Elam)
 2002 Biggie and Tupac (Documentary) (writer: "The Militia", "The Rep Grows Bigga")
 2001 Scratch (Documentary) (writer: "Code of the Streets" - as Keith Elam)
 1999 Any Given Sunday (performer: "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY" - as Guru) / (writer: "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY" - as Keith Elam)
 1998 Caught Up (writer: "Work" - as K. Elam)
 1997 Soul in the Hole (Documentary) (writer: "The Planet" - as K. Elam)
 1996 When the Cat's Away (performer: "Life Saver" - as Guru)
 1996 Girls Town (as Guru, "In Memory of Nikki")
 1995 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 17 August 1995 (1995) ... (performer: "Watch What You Say" - as Guru feat. Chaka Khan)
 1994 Stolen Moments.: Red Hot+Cool (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Time Is Moving On" - as Guru) / (writer: "Time Is Moving On" - as Keith Elam)
 1994 Jimmy Hollywood (as Keith Elam, "Le bien, le mal") / (performer: "Le bien, le mal" - as Guru)
 1993 Addams Family Values (lyrics: "Do It Any Way You Wanna (It's on You)" - as Keith Elam) / (performer: "Do It Any Way You Wanna (It's on You)" - as Guru)
 1993 Menace II Society (writer: "STOP LOOKIN' AT ME" - as K. Elam)
 1992 Trespass (writer: "Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot)" - as Keith Elam)
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Alternate Names:

Keith Elam | Guru | Guru feat. Chaka Khan


5' 8½" (1.74 m)

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Personal Quote:

Actions have reactions, don't be quick to judge, you may not know the hardships people don't speak of. It's best to sit back, and observe with couth, for we all must meet our moment of truth.


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