Miami New Times - Words by William Hernandez:
My first memory of Gang Starr, the legendary duo of MC Guru and DJ Premier, comes from mid- to late 1992. I was living in Colombia and had a friend with a satellite TV who recorded hip-hop videos from BET's Rap City. I'll never forget the first one I saw, for their classic track "Dwyck," which featured Nice & Smooth and was shot at the pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Fast forward 11 years to October 2003. I was covering the Soulfrito Festival for Urban America Newspaper. Gang Starr was the headliner for the event, and it was worth waiting in the sun all day, almost getting heat stroke. Guru and Primo performed all the hits from their recent album, The Ownerz. It wasn't until after 11 p.m. that they did a press conference, and after that I was able to interview Guru and DJ Premier while they walked to their transportation back to the airport.
I remember vividly walking through a corridor with then, and Guru putting his hand on my shoulder. It felt as if I was walking with Muhammad Ali or George Foreman to boxing ring. I was so excited and nervous interviewing one of my favorite hip-hop groups that my hand holding the tape recorder started trembling. This would turn out to be Gang Starr's last-ever performance in Miami.
A year or so later, I was able to talk to Guru again, this time over the phone, to discuss his Jazzmatazz 7.0 project. That was the last time we spoke. CONTINUE READING..
Also check out the recent interview Sway (of MTV)
did with Guru's controversial business partner; Solar. UPDATED
: DJ Premier releases official statement about Guru's death on his blog. Hit the jump to read his letter.