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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

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