Eighties & 90’s rapper Guru dies

Keith Elam better known by his stage name Guru, an American  rapper and member of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr died on Monday.  On February 28, 2010, Guru went into cardiac arrest and, following surgery, fell into a coma. He was said to have woken from the coma but died on April 19, 2010, after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Guru founded Gang Starr in 1987, and built a sizable following in the early 1990s, releasing classic albums such as Step in the Arena (1991) and Daily Operation (1992).

In 1993 Guru released his first solo project entitled Jazzmatazz, which became the first in a series of collaborations with jazz and R&B greats such as Ramsey Lewis and Chaka Khan. The album spawned hits “Loungin’”, “No Time to Play” and “Le Bien, Le Mal”, with MC Solaar.

Prior to his death, Guru wrote a letter acknowledging Solaar as his best friend and requesting that his one-time rap partner, DJ Premier be excluded from any situations or connections to Guru.