DJ Premier Issues a Statement About Guru’s Death
The death of Gang Starr MC, Guru has triggered an outpouring of fond memories of the legendary rapper within the hip-hop community. But there has also been some debate as to whether Guru's final letter to the public -- which included a few harsh words about his longtime partner DJ Premier -- was actually written by the ailing musician. Solar, who has been Guru's connection to the public during his hospitalization, has maintained that the words came directly from Guru himself.
"It was a sad day for me to get confirmation on the death of a man who I still continue to call my brother, Keith Elam, better known as Guru of the legendary Gang Starr," read Premier's statement. "From 1988-2004, we experienced so much success together that we were able to expand our business independently and give each other what Guru called 'creative space,' before planning to reunite for our 7th LP when the time was right. Tragically, we will never reach that day."
"I've been asked to comment on a letter speaking ill of me which was supposedly written by Guru in his dying days. All I will say about that is it that our time together was beautiful, we built a hip hop legacy together, and no one can re-write history or take away my love for him. One thing I would never do is play around with the truth about his life.
"I will celebrate Guru's life ... I will honor his memory ... I will grieve with the Elam family over his untimely death ... I will remember the Gang Starr foundation and all of the original members of Gang Starr who came before me -- We all know each other ... Mostly, I will cherish everything we created together as Gang stare, forever. I'm gonna miss hearing his signature monotone voice when he walks in the room, but the songs will always bring it back to me ... His rhyme flows were insane, and i will never remove him from my heart and soul ... Rest in peace to the man who felt "satisfaction from the street crowd reaction ... I love you Goo...DJ Premier."