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Gang Starr – “Bad Name” feat. Redman x Method Man


Give whack rappers the bad news… Guru AND Redman AND Method Man are in the building. Reeeemix! Preem still on the tables though. Rap’s got a bad name?? Nah, we good over here with this one!


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Avrex – “Seasons Change” feat. Guru x KrumbSnatcha x Big Shug (Video)

RIP to Keith Elam aka GURU. And respek on the name Avrex and on the names of the Gangstarr Foundation fellows that stepped up to make this tribute happen. One time for the late great. Salute!

Avrex features his Gangstarr affiliates founding members Guru and Big Shug on a classic remix. He also gets help from his cousin KrumbSnatcha in this tribute to the late great Guru.The video has unreleased person family photos never seen before by the public until now! Avrex puts the track listing from the classic Gangstarr album “Moment of Truth” in his entire verse. This is a clever and witty way to pay homage to the legendary group Gangstarr. The intro consists of a shoutout from Guru’s nephew Justin Ruffin Elam. Production credits from Gambit Ent. (Germany). The song will be featured on Avrex’s upcoming album “Growth” set to release this spring.


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Lord Finesse Speaks On What Made Gang Starr (DJ Premier x GURU) Special [Video]

If anyone can speak on this, Lord Finesse can. Saying Preemo is a SUPER-producer… all while repping DITC (with its cabal of dope producers)… yeah, that’s a powerful recommendation. And stressing that GURU (RIP) had that monotone style that NO ONE could come close to imitating. Yeah, Finesse is spot on!

Enjoy and reflect on Gang Starr’s greatness. For the Culture!


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Classic Clips: Gang Starr In Concert (Video)

If you are a Gang Starr fan, or simply have not been made aware that you should be, this throwback video is a rare treat! Especially if you have never seen the duo live. If you have, here’s another dose of the dopeness to enjoy. R.I.P. GURU. Gang Starr forever!

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Guru – “Propaganda” feat. Avrex x Big Shug (Prod. By DJ Lord Ron) [Video]

Great video including and in tribute to the late great Guru (aka Keith Elam) of Gangstarr. Touching intro from Guru’s sister Patricia Elam.

Boston’s own Avrex is right there in the video lyrically linking pieces of vintage Guru footage together into a seamless presentation of the reworked verse recording. This jawn “Propaganda” also has Avrex going off with some of his own emceeing and that of Big Shug, founding member of Gangstarr. Produced by DJ Lord Ron, this single is a return to boom bap rap glory! Watch for flash cameos from several Hip-Hop notables.

Also, by following the link below to purchase, you’ll be contributing to a fund benefiting Guru’s son, K. C. Elam.


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Marco Polo – “G.U.R.U.” featuring Talib Kweli x DJ Premier (Video)

All we can say is… ’bout damn time! Here’s visuals for that dope Marco Polo “G.U.R.U.” tribute jawn featuring Talib Kweli & DJ Premier. R.I.P. Keith Elam (aka Guru of Gangstarr). This song will be on Marco’s upcoming LP “Port Authority 2: The Director’s Cut” (due out November 12, 2013; but available for iTunes pre-order now).


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Marco Polo – “G.U.R.U.” featuring Talib Kweli x DJ Premier

artworks-000045830668-jfq07f-t500x500Three years ago, April 19, 2010, Keith Elam b.k.a. Guru left this earthly realm. This track, “G.U.R.U.” featuring Talib Kweli and Guru’s Gang Starr partner DJ Premier is dedicated to Guru’s memory; a celebration of his life, legacy and all of the vast accomplishments and great music Guru and DJ Premier gave us. “G.U.R.U.” is also the lead-single from Marco Polo’s forthcoming album – “PA2: The Director’s Cut” (due out July 2013).

‘This is one of the most important records I’ve ever been a part of. Thank you to Talib Kweli and DJ Premier for being a part of this incredible record!’ – Marco Polo


Flashback 1990: The Gangstarr Video Press Kit (Video)

1990 was my first first year in radio when I was doing a hip hop show called ‘Strictly Hip Hop’ in Pennsylvania. I had also started a cable access show of the same name later that year & it wasn’t uncommon to receive dozens of new records & videos in the mail every week. Back then most of the videos we would receive from the record labels & indie promoters would arrive in the form of 3/4 inch tapes or on VHS. I need to get on my job like Tampa Bay area DJ Sandman who digitized one of Gangstarr’s old video press kits from back in the day. I know I have this same video on VHS somewhere in storage. I’m literally kicking myself to get on it because I do need to take the time to digitize many of my old shows & interviews from the 90s. In the meantime check out the video of GURU & DJ Premier’s video press kit.  Rest in peace GURU! On another note….I’m definitely feeling how DJ Premier is rocking my favorite NFL team’s baseball cap. #RAIDERNATION BABY!

“This was a VHS Promo sent out by Chrysalis Records at the time the legendary Hip Hop group, Gang Starr was getting ready to release their 2nd album, “Step In The Arena” (Released 1/15/91) This video tape has been sitting in a box in my studio for years..I’ve always wanted to share it with Hip Hop fans who may have never had a chance to see it. It includes rare footage of Dj Premier & Guru in the studio working on their album and also a rare interview.”DJ Sandman

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Former Gangstarr Affiliate ‘Gusmo’ Says Drugs, Money, & Ego Broke Up The Group (Video)

Let’s see what DJ Premier says later to these allegations….

DJ Premier Speaks on album with Nas, Slick Rick, and the Legacy of Guru (Video)

DJ Premier speaks on his album with Nas that’s still in the works, working with Slick Rick for the first time ever for the song “Need Some Bad”, & reflects on his Gangstarr partner Guru’s life & legacy. Hardknock TV does some great interviews, but I was surprised that the interviewer was unaware that DJ Premier has worked with Rakim before. Maybe he was wondering about DJ Premier’s absence from Rakim’s Seventh Seal album

Paul Nice – ‘Conflict’ Remix feat. Masta Ace & Guru (Video)

This remix has a limited edition vinyl on sale here. Dope classic hip hop remixed.

DJ Premier Lists His 50 Favorite Songs That Feature Guru

To celebrate Guru’s birthday, July 17th, DJ Premier named his 50 favorite songs featuring Guru from his twitter account.
Premo Says:

“This is not in any particular order.I am just listing the joints as they come to me in my head.”
Full list under the hood
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Zillavision: DJ Rasta Root’s ‘Tribute To Guru’ Mix (Video)

DJ Rasta Root & Jah Prince held down a special tribute to Guru on Ustream that just ended. Here’s the recording of the what just took place! Guru Rest In Peace!

Part 2 of the 2 Hour Ustream show under the hood……

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BLITZ – 4/19/11: Manifest Destiny

One year ago today fans of hip hop, jazz, & soul lost the legendary Guru of Gangstarr at the age of 43. His death at a relatively young age reminds us to never take life for granted & to always manifest destiny. Take care of your health, live your life to the fullest, & leave the world with something great. Just like Guru. These are the words that I manifest……I manifest! Jump into today’s BLITZ!

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Reflection Eternal Show Tribute To ‘Guru’ In San Diego (Video)

It’s hard to believe that its been a year since the legendary Guru of Gangstarr has passed. Guru Rest In Peace!! July 17th 1961 – April 19th 2010

DJ Premier On His First Time Meeting Bumpy Knuckles & Guru (Video)


Hip Hop Classic: Main Source – ‘Watch Roger Do His Thing’ (Video)

A hip hop classic with a message for the kids. RIP Guru from Gangstar in the beginning of the video too. Now get your head out the sling..and watch Roger do his thing……

DJ Premier Sounds Off On His Top 5 Producers Of All Time (Video)

I’m not mad at DJ Premier’s choices or his explanation why because it makes sense for a guy like him who has been around a while. After the jump Primo talk about Guru & the situation involving people around him around the time of his passing, Chuck D’s lawsuit, & Jay-Z not using one of his tracks………

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The X Label Presents The Gangstarr ‘Love Sick’ Tribute T-Shirt

Can’t quite find the perfect gift for that special someone who just some happens to love hip hop? You probably can start here with this special T-shirt in honor of Guru from Gangstarr. The ‘Love Sick’ T-shirt honors the lyrics & heartfelt words from Guru’s penned classic song from Gangstarr. The song “Lovesick” was a single released in 1991 off of the second Gangstarr album, (Step In The Arena). The single reached #11 on Billboards Hot Rap Singles in 1991. One bears witness to another facet of Guru as he expresses heart felt lyrics towards a lady he feels for. The perfect shirt for a significant other and fan of Gangstarr. this is our 1st collaboration with X Is The Weapon.  Click on the link below or the artwork above for more information on how to get the T-shirt…

The Gangstarr ‘Love Sick’ T-Shirt Order Here