Mike Bigga’s Guru/Gang Starr Foundation Salute

My religion is hip-hop. It is what has sustained me. God has spoken to me through the mouths of hip-hop artists.

I have been shaped and molded by young black male manifestos of glory and pain. I have heard young people speak like titans, and the world watched and cheered.

I have sat on trains and heard the voice of prophets faintly in the air from another rider’s head phones. I have met eyes with that passenger, and we knew that we were the only ones up on that shit.

We were in a secret society. A society called hip-hop. We loved the emcee, not the rapper. We loved the producer because he was a DJ first.

I can still remember my friend Bobby stuck in The ‘Sip (Mississippi), calling me to FedEx him “Hard to Earn.” Contrary to what a lot of Northerners think, we listened to all that shit down south, and with me Gang Starr ruled.

Without getting overly sentimental, here’s my Guru salute as it should be heard by hip-hop standards, that’s with the DJ. Here is the Mike Bigga Guru/Gang Starr Foundation Salute (Dubb Floyd Screamixx) put together by Dubb Floyd and DJ Wally Sparks.

If you are a DJ or just want clean versions and a cappellas, check highofflife.com.

For more of Mike Bigga’s posts and convo, hit me at theeducatedvillains.com. —It’s Bigga!

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  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    It’s Bigga!! The Guru Salute was dope! Theeducatedvillains.com – so that’s where you’ve been since SxSW.

    • lord plunder

      Man fuck the hiphop mags! they could not give my man one r.i.p cover nigga we talking about the guru! we talking about gang starr! cats grew up on that! you really know what dope hiphop is cus in part of that man.

  • El Tico Loco

    Dope salute and very humble since you coul’ve use the whole M’house connection.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    R.I.P. Guru big G

    Foreva you know my steez

  • anutha_level

    “i travel through the darkness carryin my torch/the ILLEST soldier when i’m holdin down the fort~~you know my steeez!”

    rest homie…

  • Sha

    I can honestly say that Gangstarr definitely played a educational role in my life. Without those lessons that Guru spit, who knows where I would be and what I would be doing? Hip-Hop is THAT DEEP with me. Some people dance to it. Some companies sell milkshakes and fries to it. Some emcees exploit the beef within some of it’s artists and use it for profit. But, as I have grown… so has hip-hop. GOD… We thank you for the gift that was Guru’s monotone voice and the many lives he saved. If only other emcees would follow suit and use their God given talent to teach and uplift. Sadly, there are too many Soldier-Boys and 50 cents so who knows what the outcome will be for the future. But I stand as a man who appreciates a true blessing when I see one. Thanks. Real talk.

  • http://xxlmag jayrucknyc

    Dats funny. alot of times when i would bring up Gangstarr to cats down south they would call them wack. lol. Gangstarr is a top 5 group in my opinion. I always in the back of my mind hoped that we would get another album after The Ownerz but i guess it wasnt meant to be. R.I.P GURU!!!

  • Spartan

    Where is it?