So far, it’s been a tragic year for hip hop. First Nujabes, and now Guru of Gang Starr.
The 43-year-old hip hop legend passed away on Monday after succumbing to a long battle with cancer. After his surgery last February, I was hoping that he’d hang on for a while longer. I remember my sigh of relief after learning that the rumors of his death two months ago (mostly via Twitter, go figure) were untrue.
Thinking back on those particular tweets (“RIP Guru”, Gang Starr videos, classic Guru lines), all of this seems pretty surreal. Today I saw those same 140 characters, only I didn’t have a verified source to tell me it was just Twitter gossip. “So he really did pass away?” Yeah, he did. CNN, MTV, and a million other mourning fans made that all too clear.
Now that Guru is gone, I can pay my final respects to one of the greatest voices in Hip Hop. One that, even in an ever-evolving culture, will never go unheard. “Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal,” your name lives on.
R.I.P. Keith Elam aka Guru (July 17, 1966 – April 19, 2010)
– Abet Speaks
Kids, never sell your souls for “Mass Appeal.”