Jeru the Damaja Speaks on Guru’s Death at Brooklyn Show
Last night (April 29) some of the most critically acclaimed acts from New York’s 1990’s rap scene gathered at Warsaw in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to take fans back to the Big Apple’s glory days. The showcase, put on by The Heavy Sound, featured a bill that included Ghostface, Brand Nubian, Group Home, and Jeru the Damaja. Less than two weeks after Guru’s passing, much of the night, not surprisingly, was dedicated to the fallen MC.
Ghostface, who was said to be the headliner of the show, performed just one song before bowing off stage so that Brand Nubian could bless the mic. The trio of New York MCs played a set with a handful of their classics, and weren’t shy about voicing their feelings towards Guru’s associate, at one point saying “Fuck Solar,” to which there was plenty of crowd approval.
Earlier in the evening, Guru’s Gang Starr Foundation brethren Jeru and Group Home hit the stage for their own sets, and respected the legacy of their fallen friend in their own ways. Jeru had the crowd participate in a moment of noise for Baldhead Slick, saying that’s what his comrade would have wanted. Both Jeru and Group Home said Guru would live on through them.
“Guru is responsible for saving my life,” Jeru shared with XXLMag.com. “If it wasn’t for him I’d probably still be in the street. I get thousands of dollars a night to travel the world and have fun and do something I love, and I’ve been doing it for years. The Gang Starr legacy is gonna live on because I’m here, Premier is here, [Group Home’s] Dap is here. And every time I get on the stage, whether somebody know it or they don’t know it, Guru is up in there. Always.” —Adam Fleischer