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I Was There: Smokin’ Grooves ’98


Unlike many of my fellow suburban high school students, I didn’t attend concerts.

In Appreciation of The Musical Outcast

In Appreciation of: Guru – The Overlooked Great


This month will mark the sixth anniversary of the death of Keith Elam, better known as Guru, one-half of the legendary group Gang Starr. Unfortunately, Guru, who was already one of the most underrated emcees in hip-hop history, has had his memory and legacy besmirched and exploited in recent years by his last musical associate, Solar, a man that controlled much of his life, both professionally and personally. Rumors about the relationship between the two are rampant, to the point that the drama and speculation in Guru’s final days have threatened to overshadow his impact on – and contributions to – the hip-hop culture.