With the passing of MC Guru in April 2010 hip-hop lost one of its truest and most memorable voices. We commemorate the man with a fireside chat...
Arguably one of the most distinctive and important voices in the history of hip-hop, Guru is of course best known as the 'lyrical' half of the legendary Gang Starr.
After the first three Gang Starr albums, Guru (Gifted Universal Rhymes Unlimited) launched his solo career with the Jazzmatazz project, which saw him collaborate with the jazz artists that hip-hop had previously only sampled. As well as legends like Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd and Bob James, Jazzmatazz 1 and 2 also saw Guru work with Acid Jazz contemporaries such as The Brand New Heavies, which helped this groundbreaking collaborative project reach a huge audience across several different markets.
After Gang Starr, Guru continued to record Jazzmatazz albums until his untimely death on April 19, 2010, at the age of 48, from cancer.
Listen to a fireside chat with Guru on Red Bull Music Academy Radio:
With the passing of MC Guru hip-hop lost one of its truest and most memorable voices. We commemorate the man with a fireside chat...
Gang Starr - Daily Operation - Chrysalis
Gang Starr - Soliloquy Of Chaos - Chrysalis
Gang Starr - Step In The Arena - Chrysalis
Gang Starr - The Militia - Cooltempo
Gang Starr - Just To Get A Rep - Chrysalis
Gang Starr - Who' Gonna Take The Weight - Chrysalis
Gang Starr - The Remainz - Chrysalis
Gang Starr - Speak Ya Clout - Chrysalis
Gang Starr - You Know My Steez - Noo Trybe Records
Gang Starr - Above The Clouds - Noo Trybe Records
Guru - Loungin' - (feat Donald Byrd) - Chrysalis
Guru - Trust Me (feat N'Dea Davenport) - Chrysalis
Guru - Watch What You Say (feat. Chaka Khan) - Chrysalis
Guru - State Of Clarity (feat. Common And Bob James) - 7 Grand
Guru - Divine Rule - 7 Grand