Posted: April 21, 2010 by JDM aka JACKIE SPEAKS in hip hop, JACKIESPEAKS247 BLOG, MEDIA, MUSIC
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R.I.P. Keith Elam aka GURU 

“Guru” born as Keith Elam July 17, 1966 passed away on April 19, 2010 after battling cancer. He had a cardiac arrest on February 28, 2010. Following his surgery he went into a coma. He awoke from the coma and passed away on April 19, 2010. 

Guru was a major pioneer in the industry, he was a rapper as well as a producer. Well known and respected by most. I won’t go into depth on each and every record and project. Instead i will mention that as a young girl i listened to all kinds of music and Guru’s music was part of it. “Mass appeal” was and still is one of my favorite, and “Moment of Truth”. Real Hip Hop is not dead, we may lose good ones along the way but they paved the way for more to achieve the level of following and true respect that one deserves in the industry.  To give you an idea here is a run down of albums from Guru:

Album info
Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1

  • Released: May 18, 1993
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #94
  • UK chart position: #58
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #15
  • Singles: “Trust Me”, “Loungin'”, “No Time To Play” & “Le Bien, Le Mal”
Guru Presents Ill Kid Records

  • Released: 1995
  • Billboard 200 chart position: –
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: –
  • Singles: –
Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality

  • Released: July 18, 1995
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #71
  • UK chart position: #12
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #16
  • Singles: “Watch What You Say” & “Livin’ In This World”
Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul

  • Released: September 26, 2000
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #32
  • UK chart position: #74
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #8
  • UK chart position: #74
  • Singles: “Keep Your Worries”, “Lift Your Fist”, “Certified” & “Supa Love”
Baldhead Slick & Da Click

  • Released: September 25, 2001
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #122
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #22
  • Singles: “Where’s Our Money?!/In Here” & “Cry/Pimp Shit”
Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures

  • Released: May 10, 2005
  • Billboard 200 chart position: –
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #54
  • Singles: “Cave In”, “Step In The Arena 2” & “Hood Dreamin”
Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip-Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future

  • Released: June 5, 2007
  • Billboard 200 chart position: N/A
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #45
  • Singles: “State Of Clarity”
Guru 8.0: Lost and Found

  • Released: May 19, 2009
  • Billboard 200 chart position: –
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: –
  • Singles: “Divine Rule”, “Fastlane”, “Ride”, “After Time & “No Gimmick Sh*t”


” No-one is untouchable, no man is bullet proof we all must meet our moment of truth”-Guru 

“I hate them muthaf*ckn posers, but im so real to them it’s scary”- Guru 

“Yea that’s right i survive mad fight’s. And for my peeps that truly care, cause without some of them i wouldn’t be here, and they all know how i feel…” -Guru 


ALLEGEDLY is the word i will stress. A letter was announced / read that was ALLEDGEDLY written by Guru on his deathbed. Some say it does not sound like him, but more like the voice of Solar. I read this letter and it sounds a bit odd, however if it really was Guru do remember that he was just awaking out of a coma. When your whole life is slowly slipping from your grasp alot is on your mind, just because someone is in a coma, it doesn’t mean they are brain dead. Whether it was morally correct or just bitter or even heartfelt this letter is confusing us all. Here it is: 


Dj Premier blogged and still left his condolence’s regardless. This is what DJ Premier said: 

“This letter is way outta hand. Pure scandalous. C’mon, this isn’t Guru who wrote this letter. Still questioning if he really got outta coma in the first place? Why the fuck did nobody stopped that dude??? I’m stuck with mix feelings, sorry. Hard to accept, R.I.P. to the man who marked 90s hip hop. R.I.P. Guru, what’s going to happen? He will be remembered for ever and ever!! DJ Premier, hold your head up for real. My condolences to his family and friends.”-DJ Premier 

Back to JDM Thoughts!: 

Now honestly after reading this my first reaction was, how can anyone wake up from a coma and be so on point with dialogue, content as well as emotion and write it so quickly. It sounds like a letter that has either been written by someone else or pre-written for when the time came. It sounds a bit harsh to me. I am one of the people who thinks that maybe, just maybe he did not write this letter (fully). Who am I to assume I know Guru well enough to say this?.. No body to him.. but as a fan, and as a spectator..this letter just rubs me the wrong way. 

Another great that is gone who had a whole album “Ready To Die” was Biggie Smalls, his pre written drama fell right into how he passed. I will always feel that people know when it is their time, but they do not share that with their loved ones because they know how much it hurts. 

Guru’s letter was a statement in itself. He died of natural causes, but he rapped about life and how you basically need to watch your own back from friends to the streets, because that’s how it works. He was inspirational as well as a GANG STARR street smart, saavy, and flowed naturally, in no way was he a commercial rapper. 

May he rest in peace. God bless him and his family. 


-Jackie da Model 


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