Rapper Guru, one-half of the great Gang Starr, died yesterday of cancer. He was 43.
Guru was born Keith Elam. He grew up in Boston and founded an early version of Gang Starr in 1985. In 1989 he hooked up with DJ Premier, and they released No More Mr. Nice Guy.
It took a few years, but once they found their groove on 1992's Daily Operation (their best album), Gang Starr became one of the decade's top hip-hop crews. Guru and Premier released six albums before calling it quits for good in 2003. They apparently haven't spoken since.
Guru had been battling cancer for the past year. He had a heart attack in February and went into a coma.
So pull out your copy of Daily Operation and give it a spin in tribute to Guru. It's a great record. And he was a great rapper. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.