Today In Hip-Hop: R.I.P. Guru (July 17, 1962 – April 19, 2010)

On this day, April 19, in hip-hop history... 2010: After a lengthy battle with cancer, Guru died at the age of 48. A pioneering Golden Age emcee and one half of the seminal group Gang Starr, Guru (government name Keith Elam) went into cardiac arrest back on February 28, and fell into a coma following surgery. He was survived by his parents, three siblings and his son Keith. Gang Starr was founded with DJ 1 in Boston in 1985, but the duo split four years later. DJ Premier assumed the open position, and the two dropped their first single, “Words I Manifest” to critical ...

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