With today marking the fifth anniversary of the tragic passing of the legendary Keith ‘Guru’ Elam, it’s only right that everyone who claims to love Hip-Hop takes a moment to reflect on the Boston-bred emcee’s timeless contributions to the culture.
Beyond the various interviews I did with him over the years, Guru was an individual I was privileged to be able to call a friend.
In my experience, which included numerous conversations both on and off the record, Guru always remained passionate about his craft, serious about his responsibility as an artist, and genuinely grateful to all who supported him.
Hip-Hop lost a true great on April 19th 2010.
RIP Guru – you’ll never be forgotten.
Gang Starr performing “Full Clip” in 1999 on BBC2’s “Later…With Jools Holland”
Finsta Bundy ft. Debonair P – “Bizm Revisited” (@FinstaBundy / 2015)
The Brooklyn duo link with talented Australian producer Debonair P to update a late-90s b-side banger for the upcoming “Saran Rap” EP on UK label Heavy Crates.
Chrome & Illinspired – “All Days” (ChromeAndIllinspired.BandCamp.Com / 2015)
The UK duo showcase their love of vinyl on this track from their recent album “The All C n I”.
Gloucester-based emcee Sparkplug drops a new project on UK imprint Cold Case Records, with “Hiding…” featuring honest, passionate verses mixed with quality production and well-placed guest spots from Arkameedeez, Dokta VooDoo, Rago Vybez and more.
Prophets Of The Ghetto ft. Bahamadia – “Extreme Heat” (@DopeFolks / 2015)
Snappy, jazz-flavoured throwback vibes originally released by the Philly crew in 2000 and soon to be dusted off for the forthcoming “Wreckless Writers Pt. 2″ EP.
Upfront MC – “My Surroundings” (SplitProphets.BandCamp.Com / 2015)
DJ BadHabitz-produced flavour from the UK emcee’s “Upfront And Personal” album.
Planet Asia & DirtyDiggs – “Grade A Ism” (PlanetAsia2.BandCamp.Com / 2015)
Slick lyricism and smooth production from the West Coast duo’s dope new EP “Nautica Nagas”.