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DJ Premier Calls Out Hip-Hop Outlets for not Honoring Guru

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Despite the rumors of inner turmoil and a well publicized separation, DJ Premier and Guru will always be remembered for the impact that they left on hip-hop music as the duo Gangstarr. With Guru’s untimely and tragic death earlier this year, Preemo has dealt with constant attacks on the Gangstarr name and the group’s legacy. However, over the weekend, Premier spoke out on another issue. The legendary DJ made known his feelings towards many major hip-hop outlets that he feels did little to honor the late emcee.

Through his blog, the legendary DJ called out all major rap publications. “IT’S SAD THAT ALL OF THE SO-CALLED HIP HOP MAGAZINES DID NOT GIVE HIM A WELL DESERVED COVER WHEN MOST MC’S OUT NOW CANNOT CONSTRUCT RHYMES, FLOWS AND UNIQUENESS AND ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTIONS LIKE HE DID FOR 22 YEARS REPRESENTING THE CULTURE……WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING WHAT THE INDUSTRY DOES TO PAY HOMAGE AND RESPECT TO OUR LEADERS OF THIS RAP SHIT…”
While Premier went on to thank many well respected tastemakers and DJs who he felt did Guru justice, he had no pity for those gatekeepers who he feels were negligent in paying respects. He specifically addressed BET for cutting their Guru shout out from their televised award show last month.

“…..I WILL NEVER FORGET IT AND THERE IS NO EXCUSE…….B.E.T. DID THE SAME THING BY REMOVING HIS SHOUT OUT FROM THE 2010 AWARDS DUE TO TIME ISSUES……THAT SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH THEY USE YOU AND THEN THEY SHIT DOWN YOUR THROAT…..ALL I DO KNOW IS THIS : WHEN IT’S YOUR TURN TO BE REMEMBERED, WE WON’T FORGET ABOUT YOU……..WE GIVE RESPECT WHERE IT’S DUE…..”

Last week (July 18th), Guru’s immediate family held a private memorial service for the rapper in his hometown of Boston. The entire Gangstarr Foundation, including DJ Premier and Big Shug, were those in attendance. Fans can continue to stay updated and receive information on Guru and his foundation at Gurutributes.com.

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