As you can imagine, I was ecstatic just to interview Guru, who I feel is one of the the most prominent emcees of our time. We’re talking about a person who was apart of one of the most influential hip-hop groups ever.
Now I’ve done interviews with Ghostface Killah, AZ, Cormega, Kurupt and Ras Kass just to name a few, and never have I balked at asking a question. I do these interviews as a fan not a journalist. Besides, I’m not journalist.
Prior to this interview I was informed that Solar would be accompanying Guru on the phone. I had no problem with this, but I was not prepared being that I was under the impression it was just Guru. Not to mention, I knew very little about Solar and didn’t have ample time to study his work or create some questions for him.
I was also informed that Guru requests no questions about Gang Starr or DJ Premier. Well, when I heard that I thought how am I going to do this interview without bringing up the past? Without a past there is no present. There is no Guru 8.0, there is no fans buying the album or attending their shows. How could you have an interview with Guru and completely ignore the past?
Every Paul McCartney interview you can hear John Lennon always being brought up. Every Scottie Pippen interview you hear Michael Jordan. You don’t think C.L. Smooth gets asked about Pete Rock all the time? The shit goes with the territory and as an artist you have to understand that. We’re not talking about an intimate relationship about an ex-wife, this is about a very public and professional relationship that was in our faces, in our tape decks, in our magazines and on our radios for 20+ years. You cannot dismiss that.
Now I understand both their positions about wanting to move forward, but as fans and long time supporters we should be entitled to know what happened– right? How come Guru won’t work with DJ Premier? How come there is no more Gang Starr Foundation? What happened to his childhood friend Big Shug who he no longer friendly with? Why has Guru chosen to work exclusively with Solar?
These are very legitimate questions with absolutely no maliciousness behind them. This isn’t about “hating” on their future, this isn’t about not supporting Guru and Solar, this is about how did we get to where we are today? Prior to doing this interview I read up on some recent Guru and Solar interviews and even saw a clip and it was no secret that when the mention of Gang Starr or Premier happens the interview takes a sharp turn. I didn’t want any knee-jerk reactions and I definitely didn’t want to agitate either of them, but still I wanted to get my questions in somehow because I felt we deserved some answers.
As loyal and longtime fans, we are the shareholders of their stock. Without us there is no Gang Starr, no Guru, no Solar. That’s not to say we are owed an answer to everything but when it becomes public you can’t expect the very people who run out the Tuesday to cop your album to simply forget past. My biggest concern with this interview was making it an informative one. I may have failed or succeeded in some eyes but I gave it my best and now you can make the call yourself. Apologizes in advance as you can imagine how hard it is to conduct an interview over the phone, much less with two people answering at will.
Philaflava Interview w/Guru & Solar – Part 1
Philaflava Interview w/Guru & Solar – Part 2
Check out the interview in its entirety and make sure you leave your comments and question for both for both Guru and Solar.
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