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Rapper and ‘Conscious Hip-Hop’ Innovator Guru Dies After Prolonged Battle With Cancer

April 20, 2010
To Skid Row,
Today news broke that East Coast Hip-Hop Pioneer “Guru” passed after a more than a year-long battle with cancer.
While I only spoke with him once, we were frequently at many hip-hop events together, including several New Music Seminars in New York as well as Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. He helped to create the musical fusion of hip-hop and jazz and because of that alone, he will always be remembered as a trailblazer in our industry.
In addition to that, he was a well-respected MC that launched the group he stared called “Gang Starr” into orbit around the world. Even while knowing of his losing battle with cancer and writing a pre-death will, Guru continued his displeased stance or “beef” with his long-time ally. “DJ Premier”, also of Gang Starr, firming denying any authorization of his name, likeness or performances to his old-skool buddy.
Myself, being a West Coast Hip-Hop Pioneer, have many personal feelings regarding Guru’s death. 1) Having to realize that my era in Hip-Hop is about to start dying off in big numbers, 2) The disappointment of having to hear of the continued beef between the two people credited with creating a never-before-heard style of music, Hip-Hop and Jazz, without ever reconciling their differences, 3) Re-living my own personal bouts with cancer- even though I won both battles, it still bothers me emotionally every time I have to go done that road, 4) Knowing that my death is also eminent and therefore worried if we will complete the task of “fixing Skid Row” before I. too, pass and 5) Hoping that we all learn from this unfortunate loss. And there are many different lessons to be learned.
I could go on and on, but I am starting to get emotional so I will keep the rest to myself.
No matter what, please continue to fight for what we know to be right!
With all my heart,
General Jeff
community activist-
Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
1st Generation-
West Coast Hip-Hop
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