DJ Premier Ends Silence, Speaks on Guru’s Passing

It has been three days since Guru passed away from cancer and until now, his partner in the seminal rap duo Gang Starr, DJ Premier, had yet to comment. Finally, the DJ/producer ended his silence this afternoon (April 21) by releasing a statement, expressing his thoughts on the death of the rapper born Keith Elam.

“It was a sad day for me to get confirmation on the death of a man who I will continue to call my brother,” Preemo said.

“From 1988-2004 we experienced so much success together that we were able to expand our business independently and give each other what Guru called ‘creative space,’ before planning to reunite for our seventh LP when the time time was right,” he continued. “Tragically, we will never reach that day.

“I’ve been asked to comment on a letter speaking ill of me which was supposedly written by Guru in his dying days,” he added, addressing a press release delivered by Guru’s business partner Solar. “All I will say about it is our time together was beautiful, we built a hip-hop legacy together, and no one can re-write history or take away my love for him. One thing I would never do is play around with the truth about his life.”

“I will celebrate Guru’s life…I will honor his memory…I will grieve with the Elam family over his untimely death…I will remember the Gang Starr foundation and all of the original members of the Gang Starr who came before me…mostly, I will cherish everything we created together as Gang Starr, forever,” he concluded. “I’m gonna miss hearing his signature monotone voice when he walks in the room, but the songs will always bring it back to me…his rhyme flows were insane, and I will never remove him from my heart and soul…rest in peace to the man who felt ‘satisfaction from the street crowd reaction’…I love you Goo.”

Guru suffered from multiple myeloma for over a year, according to a press release issued by Elam Family. Accrued complications from this illness led to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest, which put the rap legend in a coma. On Monday morning, Guru became hypertensive due to low blood pressure and suffered a fatal heart attack. —Elan Mancini

  • Ayre

    Much respect to Primo! A response with class! RIP GURU!

  • S.I.O

    Now That’s What’s Up, R.I.P To Guru, Shout Out To Preemo For Those Real Words For His Brother. This Nigga Solar Sound Suspect Like R. Kelly With Girl Scout Cookies. What Up $yk!!

  • dat koon nigga

    R.I.P to a real rapper

  • Verbal Kint

    R.I.P. Guru from NC! Respect to Guru’s fam & Preem! “Above The Clouds”

    • dismathis

      guru originally out of boston. i’ll say that comment sounded a lot more professional and sincere than all the negative energy than surrounds that dude Solar. guru would never have spoken illy about the legend he and primo created. solar just trying to tag his name on guru’s legacy

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    What’s up S.I.O?

    Premo’s statement>>>Solar’s rap existence

    • Capital G

      Hell fuckin’ yes.

  • George CLooney

    Hmmm….

    I think an actual/believable letter from Preem would start with something like, ‘I DJ Premier, sole proprietor and inventor of the word “Gang Starr”, being of sound mind and body….’ before going into some random diatribe over how much he loves some other dude who has nothing to do with anything that anybody gives a shit about, their alleged accomplishments together, and how they stood tall in the face of adversity as a single body for 6 or so paragraphs, before concluding with some bitter words for everyone other than his offspring and said random nobody. And he should be threatening to take legal action against anybody attempting to mourn the loss of Guru without the expressed written consent of Guru’s lawyers.

    This shit just seems too sincere and respectful. I’m not buying it. Keep your head up Solar. We’re all grieving over your loss, boo-boo.

    RIP GURU

    • Lisamax

      Thank you for pointing out Premier’s statement about Guru is sincere and respectful.

      Has our society become so used to being lied to and disrespected, being sincere and respectful is viewed as bullshit?

      Usually it’s the one being most disrespectful and vocal who is the dishonest person. In this case, clearly that would be Solar and it’s the memory of Guru he is most disrespecting. God rest his soul.

      RIP Guru…

      Peace

  • Quills

    yo this man is if not the greatest one of the greatest top 5 no top 3 real talk Rip Guru long live you rap and flows

  • TheRefriedMexican

    TOO BAD GURU LEFT EARTH ON “BAD TERMS” WITH PRIMO. REMINDS ME OF WHEN EAZY PASSED AWAY WITH DISDAIN TOWARDS DR DRE AND CUBE. CHERISH YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT MAY BE YOUR LAST DAY
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  • Face Phoenix

    Thank You, Primo for showing all who are watching and listening on how to be a class act. I can’t lie this reminds me when one of my high school friends that I had a falling out with died. As much as we were no longer friends, the bond remained that I still cared and hate to hear of his passing. Even though we were no longer on speaking terms I never considered the friendship dead – I just severed ties because we had differences we couldn’t work pass. Not to say we were enemies but we were just no longer friends. Despite the rift I still appreciated the friendship we shared it was cool but times change and sometimes friends do too. And just like Primo & Guru we never had a chance to resolve our issues but it happens. Maybe in the next life we will. RIP – Guru.

    “Never let the sun set on your anger.” – wise words to live by.

  • madmax818

    i love hip hop and everything that comes with it. when i hear of someone from hip hop passing i cant help but shed a tear for someone that spoke to me and showed me a different path in life.YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED FOREVER GURU. A LITTLE PIECE OF MY SOUL PASSED WITH YOU REST IN PIECE KID. ONE LOVE

  • http://www.xxlmag.com santonio mcduffie

    Primo is telling the truth Guru and Solar can anybody name an album that had sucess, no disrespect to Guru, listenin to him in Premo in 93 had a great influence on me. Gangstarr forever!!!

  • LightSkinMofo

    YO… RIP TO ONE OF THE ILLEST. POINT BLANK. BIG UP TO PREMO FOR STAYING CLASSY EVEN THOUGHT HIS NAME WAS DRAGGED THROUGH THE MUD. END OF THE DAY… A LEGEND IS GONE. AS FOR SOLAR… SON… DUDE IS MAD SHEISTY. SOMETHING AIN’T RIGHT ABOUT THAT GUY.

    ONE!!!

  • P81

    GOERGE CLOONEY CLONE…HMMMM…. your an ignorant disrespectful lil snotnosed kid.

    I had the pleasure and honour of seeing guru perform in a tight club of about 50 people, and it was dope as hell. Always been a fan of the duo, and a fan of their mark on hip hop.

    Peace Guru, yoru memory will live on for a very long time.

  • P81

    GOERGE CLOONEY CLONE…HMMMM…. your an ignorant disrespectful lil snotnosed kid.

    I had the pleasure and honour of seeing guru perform in a tight club of about 50 people, and it was dope as hell. Always been a fan of the duo, and a fan of their mark on hip hop.

    Peace Guru, your memory will live on for a very long time.

  • http://xxlmag cheebahawk

    Thats why they were successful Either Primo or Guru was going to give you the truth, i.e Moment of Truth! Thanks for the truth Preem!!

  • http://XXLmag.com Jayhard

    Finally we hear from the man next to the man. I was skeptical of this Solar cat. I think motherfuckas always want to capitalize on a tragic situation. No matter what went down between Guru & DJ Premier, they will always be GANGSTARR to me”We All must face uor MOMENT OF TRUTH” R.I.P. GURU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BGZ

    Primo IS hip-hop… he always kept it 100.

    One love to Guru, dude was more influential than many could compehend it now.
    You will always be remembered.

  • http://xxlmag.com EDDIE GILLISPIE

    PRIMO,MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU MAN I KNOW THAT YOU MISS THIS BROTHER.YOU AND THIS MADE HISTORY AND ALSO GREAT MUSIC.WHEN ALL OF THIS SHIT CLEARS. WE ARE ALL GOING TO KNOW WHAT THE DEAL IS.AND I ALSO THINK THAT THE SHIT THAT SOLAR IS DOING IS BULLSHIT.I DON’T BELIEVE THAT GURU WROTE THAT SHIT.AND WHAT DID HE REALLY DIE FROM.?AND I REALLY DON’T THINK HE DIED FROM CANCER YOU FOLLOW ME.I HOPE THAT GURU’S FAMILY IS HONEST WITH HIS FANS AND TELL US THE TRUTH.

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Man, Premo said all of the things I expected him to say. From the heart shit. That’s a real nigga for ya. He loved that cat like his brother no matter what they went through

  • http://sal-one.com/ Sal

    R.I.P. Guru

    There’s gotta one damn good Hip-Hop party up there with you and the rest of the rap, breakdance and graffiti legends!

  • FOURTY

    R.I.P. Guru

  • emilio rodriguez

    Guru is one of the greatest of all time.I remember growing up in Hondo Tx. a small hick town and watching Bet and Dwyck came on with Gangstarr and nice and smooth with Preem on the turntables i was blown the fuck away much love to the whole east coast from down bottom.I think i rhymed that song all summer and still bob my head when i hear that joint. “clips are inserted into my gun so i could take the money never have to run”sureshot

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is….

  • r hamilton

    primo handled the controversy with that nonsensical final letter that “guru” aka solarr wrote.gangstarr always carried themselves with poise and wisdom.i don’t believe that guru would attack primo on his deathbed.that was his brother;whatever problem they might have had would have stayed behind closed doors.Peace and blessings to Gifted Universal Rhymes Unlimited…Amen

  • BYEZ865 LANDMINE ENTERTAINMENT CEO

    GANGSTAR was then and always will be one of the greatest hip hop groups ever Primo on the beats and guru wit that intellictual street smooth flow u will be missed in the physical form but not forgotten thru ur inspiring thoughts of life thru a microphone to a record much luv

  • Anonymous

    God bless..Ur movement will flow through us young mc’s….D.C Luv…..

    • Queen E

      God Bless… Ur movement will flow through us young MC’z….D.C luv allday..I am very speechless..

  • Anonymous

    I think at this point everyone can all share their views on the situation. Everyone out there that says Solar is this or Preemo is that, really doesn’t know the story.

    Everyone has their own opinion, but I think that everyone needs to stay a little open minded about it and realize that you don’t know all of the facts. And you never will.

    The music lasts forever, and I feel like the focus shouls stay on Guru, and honor what he has accomplished. There are too many people trying to point the finger at one another.

    Much respect to all.