11:25 pm - 02/28/2010

Fuck. Guru of GangStarr in a coma.

One of Hip Hop's most influential emcees is presently in critical condition, several sources say. Guru, one half of pioneering '80s, '90s and '00s Brooklyn-based Hip Hop group Gang Starr suffered a heart attack this weekend, according to the emcee and producer's sister Tricia.

HipHopWired.com says that the emcee, born Keith Elam is presently in a coma from complications of going into cardiac arrest. Guru is best known for penning hits such as "Words I Manifest," "Discipline" and "Just To Get A Rep." Between 1986 and 2004, Guru (an acronym Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) founded Gang Starr, a duo with DJ Premier that also includes Gang Starr Foundation affiliates Big Shug, Group Home, Jeru Da Damaja and Smiley Da Ghetto Child.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Guru relocated to Brooklyn in the late '80s, where Gang Starr released its first singles with 45 King as producer. By 1988, the group evolved as a duo with Premier, and released their 1989 full-length debut No More Mr. Nice Guy on Wild Pitch Records. The duo would go on to release classic albums on Chrysalis/Virgin/EMI, such as 1994's Hard To Earn and 1998's Moment Of Truth. Gang Starr's last album, 2003's The Ownerz featured Jadakiss, Fat Joe and longtime affiliate Freddie Foxxx. The platinum group toured the world and released several greatest hits collections, most notably Full Clip: A Decade Of Gang Starr in 1999. The duo announced their split in 2004, reportedly due to creative and personal differences.

As a solo artist, Guru released four volumes of Jazzmatazz, Jazz-inspired recordings with legendary genre artists such as Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers. Guru has launched two labels in his career, Ill Kid Records and 7Grand, where he and production partner Solar worked alongside artists such as Talib Kweli, Damian Marley and Jean Grae.

HipHopDX extends prayerful thoughts to one of our staff's most-respected emcees, the Elam family, Solar, DJ Premier and fans. We will keep you updated.

UPDATE: Miss Info confirms these reports with sources close to Guru. The emcee is presently in a New York hospital, awaiting surgery. DJ Eclipse spoke with DJ Premier, who also confirmed this. Premier was going to address the matter on Eclipse's Sirius Hip Hop Nation show, but later changed his decision.

NahRight.com has compiled Twitter reactions from notable artists including Jean Grae, ?uestlove, Royce Da 5'9" and Jay Electronica.

DX will continue to report on this.


This is terrible news. :(
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spider_orchid 1st-Mar-2010 07:27 am (UTC)
procedurals 1st-Mar-2010 07:28 am (UTC)
Hope he gets better soon. As someone stuck in the 90s musically, I'm a huge fan.
bushidoniggy 1st-Mar-2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Bust Yo Shit
pozoleyum 1st-Mar-2010 07:29 am (UTC)
not cool, not cool yo.
listenlouder 1st-Mar-2010 07:29 am (UTC)
That's terrible, I hope he wakes up...:(
kennedystreet 1st-Mar-2010 07:29 am (UTC)
damn =[

jazzmatazz is the shit
process 1st-Mar-2010 07:30 am (UTC)
volcompunk58 1st-Mar-2010 07:41 am (UTC)
ladypolitik 1st-Mar-2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
quote_me_once 1st-Mar-2010 07:31 am (UTC)
ugh comas are so frustrating and sad. i hope he turns out alright
coconutoil 1st-Mar-2010 07:35 am (UTC)
I think the mods need to start banning everyone who makes stupid fucking trolltastic comments like this.
cheryb 1st-Mar-2010 07:38 am (UTC)
looks like that person wasn't willing to stick by their statement in the face of a suggestion of banning, lol...
102bb 1st-Mar-2010 07:51 am (UTC)
What did he say?
ladypolitik 1st-Mar-2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
No idea who said what, but I agree anyway; members try way too fucking hard to "out-edgy comment" each other and it's so played out.

I miss the days when the majority of off-beat comments on ONTD were actually clever and posted with a great sense of timing, not just to fish for angry reactions in high-traffic posts.
dioratwar 1st-Mar-2010 07:33 am (UTC)
sleepofplagues 1st-Mar-2010 07:35 am (UTC)
prophecypro 1st-Mar-2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Read it this morning. Shitty morning for Hip-Hop in general. Hope he pulls through, it sounds similar to what Marley Marl had a few years back but I dont know if he went into a coma over it. If its that bad it could hiner his speech when he wakes up.
Im definetly praying for him.
cheryb 1st-Mar-2010 07:37 am (UTC)
same. i mean, guru's flow was never groundbreaking, but the idea of him not spitting again? fuck that. plus he seems like a good guy...
prophecypro 1st-Mar-2010 07:46 am (UTC)
Just hope the guy lives. :/
_xxtom 1st-Mar-2010 07:38 am (UTC)
Holy shit no way ....
I really hope he can pull through this.
stormer1_1 1st-Mar-2010 07:40 am (UTC)
Man. :(
volcompunk58 1st-Mar-2010 07:41 am (UTC)
I miss 90's music so much. F what is out right now. This is when music was good!
colossusx 1st-Mar-2010 07:46 am (UTC)
lol you sound so old
volcompunk58 1st-Mar-2010 07:56 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
cheryb 1st-Mar-2010 07:50 am (UTC)
its when hip hop was good at least. and anything current that's anywhere decent is definitely channeling that 90's feel.
basically, fuck the radio and the rap and bullshit phenomena.
and thoughts and prayers with guru.
ohhkathleen 1st-Mar-2010 09:44 am (UTC)
I miss 90s music, too. Last good decade for music. If I could pick though. i would have the 60s back.
on_a_rainbow 1st-Mar-2010 07:46 am (UTC)
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