21Apr/092

Guru Behind The Boards


We hope our readers have dug our spotlight this month on Gangstarr. As part of that effort I assembled a collection of underground hip hop produced by the legendary mc Guru. Originally from Boston, Guru moved to New York and went to work with Dj Premier. The rest is history. This compilation however, is a “somewhat” unknown part of that history. Largely known for his vocal skills, Guru collaborated with Dj Premier for Jeru The Damaja’s 1st album ‘The Sun Rises In The East’, as well as the Gangstarr albums. The sound here is that dark moody boom bap which is so timeless and still celebrated with reverence all these years later.

Most of the artists featured were affiliated with the Gangstarr Foundation/Ill Kid Records. Exceptions might be Deams, Cutthroats and Poverty. If anyone out there has background info about them let us know. Some of the obscure surprises on this compilation include tracks 2, 6 (co-produced by Guru), 7, 16, and 19. I have to say, the Deams track is off the hook. Holy shit that one is dope! This compilation is a tasty slice of Guru’s early/mid 90’s work behind the boards. I am sure however, that there are cuts out there I haven’t heard. The man is a legend and it’s certainly possible that in his huge volume of studio time he produced other artists who never made it onto legit releases. I salivate at the possibility of hearing these sorts of unreleased archives.

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01 (4:20) Operation Radification – Tray Pound 1993
02 (3:25) Deams – Mad Game 1996
03 (4:46) Stikken Moov – Beware 1993
04 (4:15) Group Home – Serious Rap Shit 1995
05 (4:09) Hl Rock (the Sly Fox) – Put You 1993
06 (3:52) Chapter 3 – Sounds Of Claps 1993
07 (3:59) Cutthroats – Stop Lookin’ At Me 1993
08 (3:27) Bahamadia – Total Wreck 1993
09 (3:58) Guru – Feel the Music 1995
10 (3:00) Bahamadia – Wordplay 1995
11 (2:59) Big Shug – P.D.S. 1995
12 (5:23) M.O.P., Guru & Stikken Moov – Life 1995
13 (5:26) Stikken Moov, Guru, & Mash Out Posse – Life 1995
14 (3:48) Fabidden Frut – From Within Out 1995
15 (2:59) Guru & Big Shug – Momentum
16 (2:57) Poverty – Comin’ Up 1993
17 (2:55) Group Home – So Called Friends 1993
18 (4:17) Gangstarr – Lovesick Upbeat Mix 1991
19 (3:05) Poverty – Peace With A Piece 1993
20 (3:40) Gangstarr – Form Of Intellect 1991
21 (3:01) Fabidden Fruit ft. Bu & Mic Rone – Cup Of Life 1995
22 (4:48) Operation Ratification – Rotten Apple 1995

I really hope our readers like this collection! Let me know what you think.

–Schenectadyfan

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2 Responses to “Guru Behind The Boards”

  1. Strategy786 says:

    Guru did "Form of Intellect"?! That's a surprise to me!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    damn that deams is nice!! but the quality is very bad…
    found his video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO-29ayeu80&feature=related

    thanks for this

    moon

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