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"The world has lost one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all-time — my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru. Guru has been battling cancer for well over a year and has lost his battle! This is a matter that Guru wanted private until he could beat it, but tragically, this did not happen. The cancer took him. Now the world has lost a great man and a true genius."

-Longtime Guru collaborator Solar, announcing the passing of one of a true legend in the hip-hop game. The 43-year-old Guru passed away on Monday (April 19) due to cancer-related issues. As one half of Gang Starr (along with beatsmith DJ Premier), Guru (born Keith Elam) established a sound and a vibe that helped define underground hip-hop in the '90s. His Jazzmatazz albums further pushed the envelope, blurring the lines between jazz, traditional rap, R&B, soul and everything in between. »

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