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The Real Story Between Solar & Guru

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

HipHopDX just put up a must read interview from Tasha Denham, who just happened to be the only other employee at 7 Grand Records besides Solar and Guru, as well as Solar’s babys mother.. If there was anyone close to them it was her. The interview is simply astonishing.

Here is a glimpse. –Philaflava

DX: As a close associate, an employee, all these things. When was the first time you started to notice that things were not normal or healthy?

Tasha Denham: [Pauses] I think it came pretty early on, really. One of the defining moments to me when I knew something was…it was the way Solar spoke to Guru. It was always down to him. He really belittled him, and would do it in front of other people. This wasn’t something he just did in private. He is a member of The [Five Percent] Nation of Gods and Earths, as is Guru. He would use that against him, to bring him down. It was important to both of them, very important. I believe Guru’s a pleaser; he liked to make people happy. [Solar] would tell him that the Nation of Gods and Earths are ashamed of him, they’re disappointed in him. That he doesn’t live up to their teachings. I can’t think of the word that they used. There was a lot of times they’d get into arguments over it. He’d sit, and Guru would try to defend himself, and Solar would just get more and more irate over it.

There was one night we were at Guru’s house. I was about three months pregnant at the time. Guru kept defending himself. Guru actually stood up and kind of got in Solar’s face about it. Next thing I know, Solar punched him in the face. From that point in time, he just started kicking him and hitting him. Guru was fighting back, he wasn’t just sitting there being a punk, but at the same time, Guru had severe asthma. He didn’t have his inhaler. He started really hyper-ventalating and really having a hard time, and Solar kept beating him. It wasn’t a fight anymore, it was beating him. I felt that it was so bad that I got in between the two of them and broke it up, because I knew he wouldn’t hit me of course. At that point in time, I was pregnant with his child.

Instead of stopping and making sure his partner, friend, “brother” – as he calls him was okay, Guru was sitting there saying, “I’m having an asthma attack. I need to go to the hospital. I think I’m gonna have a heart attack.” He’s bleeding, really shaking. Instead of stopping and calming himself down, [Solar] told me, “We’re leaving,” and goes and gets in the car and drives me back to the city. [He] didn’t call and check on Guru, didn’t make sure he was alright. That’s probably one of the first times I was like, “Wow, this relationship is really unhealthy. It’s a really sick relationship.” After that, if I didn’t physically see it myself…I saw [Guru] punched in the face numerous times with no provocation. It [would just be] that he’d get upset with something Guru would say and punch him in the face. I know he knocked a tooth out of Guru’s. I know he gave him a black eye [so Guru would] have to wear glasses for photo-shoots and concerts.

DJ Premier Live from HeadQCourterz – A Salute 2 Guru

Saturday, April 24th, 2010


Recorded last night on SiriusXM and ripped in 192 for your listening pleasures. Props to the homie Dan for putting in work. Primo says it all here with selective Gang Starr tracks, various stories and non-stop slaying on records. This show is a must have! Peace to Preem, NYGz and the whole GS Foundation.

R.I.P. – Gurizzi

Guru (Gang Starr): We Demand Justice

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Too soon? While everyone is mourning the death of Guru and rightfully so, I can’t fully accept the situation despite some of my previous comments. For months I’ve been outspoken about my feelings towards Solar. It started way back when I did the interview with him and Guru. You know how sometimes you just know, well when I interviewed both of them I just knew.

I knew Solar was an opportunist. I knew he wasn’t a “real” producer, let alone a super producer. I knew the publicist wasn’t fond of him. DJ’s despised him. Media outlets shunned him. I knew all this, we all probably did.

What I didn’t know is why would Guru allow somebody like him to manipulate and sabotage his career the way Solar has?

Let’s talks facts. Fact, Guru has been in a coma for MONTHS! Any letter that has ever been released has been written by Solar. Every social media account is run by Solar and his camp (his wife).

Solar is a two-bit hustler. A hack version of Suge Knight if you will. Here is my theory and I beg (literally) every one of our readers, supporters and friends to demand Solar be vilified until the moment of truth is reveled. If not for the fans, the friends and family members that loved and supported Keith for his 43 years on this earth.

DJ Premier deserves better. The Elam family deserve better. The Gang Starr legacy deserve better and the people that have funded the Foundation with love, support and purchases of albums, tickets and all Gang Starr projects deserve better.

I promise I will not continue with these ranks, but I feel we have an unbelievable outlet. We reach people, important people that deep down know the truth has to come out and justice has to be done.

In closing I will leave you with my theory and hopefully the truth will unravel as more parties take an interest. Shortly after The Ownerz was released and Guru and Preem decided to take a little break, Guru got caught up in some financial troubles.

If you recall he was doing a lot of non-music work such as voice-overs for video games. His solo career (post Jazzmatazz) and we all know Bob Perry (Landspeed) doesn’t exactly pay people (unless your Freddie Foxx) was not successful or lucrative. Guru met Solar, who by the way admits to NEVER BEING A GANG STARR fan, and Solar agreed to help Guru with his trouble. In return, Guru had to agree to create 7 Grand Records along with Solar who would be able to recoup his investment by selling merchandise, records and touring. Obviously, I do not know the splits but Solar has more control over Guru’s career than anyone ever has. Guru was indebted to Solar and it remained that way until his dying day.

Again that is my theory but I’m willing to bet the farm I’m close…

Help by spreading the word. Engaging in conversations on Twitter, Facebook, message boards. By contacting brave people such as Freddie Foxx or Cipha Sounds and asking for them to allow Guru and his family the dignity they very much deserve. Spread this link everywhere you possibly can and DO NOT allow Solar to get away with this. [/end rant] –Philaflava

On a tremendously tough day for Gang Starr fans, the death of the duo’s MC, Guru (real name: Keith Elam), from cancer was announced by his associate Solar early Tuesday (April 20), and included a long “farewell” letter that Solar said was written by Guru in the weeks before his death. The tone of the letter was harsh toward DJ Premier, Guru’s former partner in Gang Starr.

“I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name, likeness, events, tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this,” the letter reads in part. “I had nothing to do with him in life for over seven years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. …

“The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small-mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.”

In the wake of the letter, fans, journalists and even some of Guru’s peers took to the Internet to question its authenticity. People close to Guru said it just didn’t sound like him, and many questioned how he could write a letter in such a weakened medical condition.

Rapper Bumpy Knuckles (also known as Freddie Foxx), who worked extensively with Gang Starr, fumed on his Twitter page:

"It's an insult that websites would post a letter from a man who has been in a coma since Feb. R U serious? Do ur homework, journalist! Please," he wrote in part. "Guru& DJ Premier made real hip-hop 2gether. No1 will ever be able to cloud that with fake letters and phony statements. Sites shld know better."

The Roots’ ?uestlove took to Twitter as well, referencing French MC Solaar, who worked with Guru on the Jazzmatazz project. “Only Solaar I wanna hear w/Guru is the remix Primo did from France’s MC Solaar back in 92 when he KILT (flipped) Miles’ ‘So What.’ … Not trying to bring negativity into the situation. But I do NOT believe he wrote that letter. 1) he was in a coma. 2) HE WAS IN A COMA!”

“Just confused,” radio personality Miss Info wrote on Tuesday. “If Solar wrote this letter in Guru’s name to push agenda, it does Guru’s legacy a disservice (and their friendship too). All that Solar did in life for Guru, he undid in his passing if the words ‘I, Guru, am writing this letter’ are untrue…”

Reader Rob sounded off on on Tuesday: “The Guru ‘farewell’ letter reeks of fakeness.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Solar spoke with MTV News about the controversy, saying that he and Guru had prepared the statement quite some time ago.

“In some ways, I’ve been prepared for this,” Solar said about Guru’s death. “We got the news that it was terminal at the beginning of the year, that the cancer wasn’t turning around. So we knew.

“He died yesterday. We both had hoped he would beat it,” Solar added. “It was a very inspirational, inspiring fight we fought.”

He vehemently denied that the letter was not written by Guru.

“I mean, it’s ridiculous,” he said. “Guru knew this time would come. The great artist he is, us being intelligent people, we knew there was going to have to be a statement relating to this. Unfortunately, there are those who have the wicked agenda, and just can’t accept that Guru and I have handled this thing as men and not children, and this is how men of honor handle their business. He arranged his press release. I’m the repository of Guru’s life story. I recorded his life story for book and for movies. We’re not foolish. He was diagnosed with cancer well over a year ago. It’s been operations and so forth. It would be ridiculous for him to not be prepared.”

Peep NahRight for the Cipha Sounds/Peter Rosenberg audio of them basically saying EVERYTHING us fans truly believe.

R.I.P. Guru (of Gang Starr)

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I woke up this morning to a bunch of texts saying Guru passed away yesterday. I’m writing this in complete disbelief because as much as I knew he was sick, a part of me never ever expected him to die. I wasn’t even aware he had cancer since Solar did not release any information. There will be no more posts on T.R.O.Y. today out of respect for Mr. Keith Elam. I’m fully aware we’ve been adamant about the Solar involvement but all that is irrelevant today.

Please leave comments of your favorite Gang Starr memories, your favorite albums and stories. I will always remember him as Guru from Gang Starr and nothing more. That memory should stay alive forever. Today is a sad day in hip-hop. Sad that cancer is still taking lives. Sad we lost a true legend in the game and sad because of how this whole situation was handled from day one.

Rest In Peace Keith and my condolences go out to all his loved ones. Below I included our interview with Guru and Solar. It wasn’t his last ever, but it definitely was near the end and despite some of my feelings after the interview, Guru has given me enough hip-hop to remember him and Gang Starr forever. Now excuse me while I put on Daily Operation. – Jason Gloss

Philaflava Interview w/Guru & Solar – Part 1

Philaflava Interview w/Guru & Solar – Part 2

Yo! Raps has exclusively learned from hit producer Solar that Hip-Hop legend and GangStarr founder Guru has passed away yesterday morning (April 19) after a long battle with cancer.

According to Solar, Guru suffered from the malicious illness for over a year and after numerous special treatments under the supervision of medical specialists failed, the legendary MC succumbed to the disease. Guru always tried to keep this harrowing diagnosis in private but in early 2010 he had to admit himself to hospital due to serious effects caused by the disease.

Since the onset of illness, Guru tried to live a “normal” life as an influential and outstanding musician, loving father, family man, and best friend. Doctors encouraged Guru to think positive that the cancer can be arrested and that a full recovery is possible but several special treatments including hard hitting chemotherapies failed.

While in hospital with terminal cancer, Guru wrote a letter, which was provided by Solar, to his fans addressing his illness, his shining music career, his family and loved ones.

“I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options. I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting,” read the official Guru statement.

“My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody’s feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.”

The statement reads on, “I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.”

Guru, born Keith Elam, rose to fame in the 80’s as the founder of the legendary rap group GangStarr. The group released the classic single Words I Manifest followed by their critically acclaimed debut album No More Mr. Nice Guy (1989) and the classic album Step In The Arena (1991). Guru was the first artist to truly blend Hip-Hop with Live Jazz beginning in 1993, and seeing the vast influences his Jazzmatazz concept has had on the industry, it is clear that Guru’s musical contributions have been way ahead of their time. Guru has worked with such great artists as Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Donald Byrd, Ramsey Lewis, Roy Ayers, Chaka Kahn, Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Bob James, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common, Angie Stone, Jamiroquai, Macy Gray and Damien Marley, to name a few. Despite the fact that Guru isn’t hailing from New York, he is noted as a pioneer of the New York sound and true lyrical Hip-Hop. Guru later on joined forces with hit producer Solar and formed his label 7 Grand Records with the goal to keep “real” Hip-Hop alive.

Operation: Fuck Solar (again)

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Sorry for beating a dead horse, but apparently it isn’t dead yet. Our homie YN had a little something to add to our operation and until we see change I don’t see why we would stop reporting on it.

Who are you and what have you done with Guru? Seriously, we go from the emotional rollercoaster ride of thinkin’ we’re gonna lose one of the game’s greatest MCs to some sick pathetic soap opera involving a man of no blood or kin relation denying family members the right to see their loved one. Now yes Keith Elam may not wanna reconcile with folks he hasn’t been on good terms with for the past seven years but that’s his decision not yours. From the outside lookin’ in, you seem really shady. And if Guru’s nephew claim is true that you signed documents as Keith Elam’s brother and your wife as his sister than that’s just plain alarming. An abuse of power. Releasing statements to websites and official Twitter accounts in Guru’s name when he doesn’t appear to be able to speak on his own behalf is also misleading and completely wrong. Be clear: At this point the only thing relevant and important is the status of Guru’s health. Nobody gives a fuck about you or 7 Grand. Guru’s legacy is Gang Starr. DJ Premier and Guru made classics. You and Guru make crap. And you should get slapped for meddling in family business.

How many blogs, rappers, producers, fans or family members must it take to get a honest update without any Joe Jackson-like opportunist agendas thrown in the mix? –Philaflava

Update on Guru’s health

Monday, March 22nd, 2010


UPDATE: Guru is diagnosed by his doctors as ailing from Anoxia due to his history of lung problems and asthma. Guru is NOT in coma and he continues to recover. The doctors are hopeful for a full recovery.

Thoughts and prayers have been with legendary Hip-Hop emcee Guru since his hospitalization earlier this month due to a heart attack. Solar, the rapper’s longtime partner and best friend, said Guru has a history of lung problems and asthma and is slowly recovering.

Guru, born Keith Elam, recently disclosed his first statement, assuring the public that he is recuperating, and that his producer Solar will stand as his representative during his recovery.

“I am doing fine and I am recovering! I’m weak though,” Guru said. “Solar is the only person who has the accurate info on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false. I appreciate your well wishes and all the love!”

The producer expressed similar sentiments about the rapper’s health status, saying: “Guru is resting and doing well. The doctors say that he will fully recover from his illness. We thank everyone who send prayers our way and we appreciate the outpouring of love from fans around the world!”

There are a lot of rumors and false allegations circulating around, but Guru explicitly named Solar his official spokesperson and the hit producer is taking this position very seriously.

“Guru has entrusted me to be accurate and truthful in relaying information to the media,” Solar said.

The producer is in constant contact with Guru’s relatives like the MC’s father and brother who have visited the legendary rapper numerous times.

“When a patient is in such critical conditions it is very common that not everyone is allowed to enter the room, especially when Mr. Keith Elam doesn’t want to see certain people,” one of Guru’s doctors said.

Many Hip-Hop artists from around the world sent well wishes to Guru but some people from his past are trying to shed bad light on his partner Solar for his position in this situation.

In a previous interview with, Guru made it clear that he and his former deejay and some people he used to work with were never that close. “People ask me about […] all that. We were never all that close. We hooked up in the studio and did great music, but we were never hanging and all that cool. Solar and I, we got tight before we even started doing music.”

Guru, the sole founder of the world-famous Hip-Hop duo GangStarr, is reluctant to talk about his GangStarr past, especially his ex-DJ who he hasn’t spoken to in over 7 years.

“That’s something I don’t want to talk about. I don’t want to talk about the past. The past is the past. It is what it is. It was great, but that was then and this is now.” said Guru.

Doctors have not given any indication as to when Guru might be released, but the rapper is touched by the fan support.

“The outpouring of love from around the world has been tremendous,” Solar said. “I’m reading some of the best e-mails, texts and Twitters that come in and Guru enjoys them. I think that’s what has been helping his recovery and what’s got him in there fighting.”

During what must be an incredibly hard and stressful period in life, keep sending your prayers, thoughts, and wishes to Guru, Solar and his loved ones.

In homage to Guru and his outstanding career, his record label 7 Grand Records decided to upload all his classic music videos to the label’s official YouTube channel at


Audio File of Solar being Solar

DJ Eclipse’s ‘Halftime Show” 12th Anniversary

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

credit “photo: Robert Adam Mayer”

To celebrate The Halftime Show’s 12th Anniversary, DJ Eclipse had a crazy lineup of mc’s rhyming in the booth over beats from Krysis, DJ Babu, & DJ Scratch. MC’s included legendary Flavor Unit member Chill Rob G, Sadat X, Rhymefest, Torae, Skyzoo, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Tiye Phoenix, Smiley The Ghetto Child, Chace Infinite, Illa Ghee and many more. They also had DJ breaks with the legendary X-Men (aka The X-Ecutioners). For the people who were tuning in live, you were able to see the whole show on video being broadcasted through Ustream.. unfortunately they weren’t able to record it. They just posted the live recording from the radio a couple hours ago. Enjoy!

— Thomas V
“Heard this was a party just to say ‘F’ Solar” Rhymefest
@djbabuforeal “how do i save this video stream”…@DJEVILDEE“did u record?”…@djbabuforeal “no”…..@ItsDJEclipse “SMH”

Attn: Bumpy Knuckles – Please Destroy Solar

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Okay this shit won’t end. Apparently Guru ain’t recovering like we had hoped. All the online statements have been bullshit. I don’t know how ANYONE can watch these videos and read what has been posted by fellow bloggers, rappers and friends of Guru and still have the nerve to defend Solar. The man is Suge Knighting him and if this continues he’ll end up just like Pac did.

I don’t know what its going to take but holla at me @bumpyknuckles because I will gladly Paypal you some coin to remove this cancer that is eating away our homie Guru. Every day that passes is just another day of lies, manipulation and greed. Every fan, friend and supporter of the Gang Starr Foundation has to continue to spread the word and continue to pray for Guru. We cannot allow a no-talent hack like Solar do this much damage to a person, the foundation and more importantly the Elam family. He must be removed by any means necessary. Word is bond!


Solar kills Gang Starr

Exclusive interview with Guru and Solar

Solar (Yoko Ono) kills Gang Starr

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Let’s all call a spade a spade. No more sugar coating shit and no more politically correctness. Since Solar has been involved in Guru’s career not only has Guru slipped into obscurity but now into a coma. Before you dare come to his defense once again check out the video below. Just read a few press releases he’s (Solar) given over the past week.

I’m sure we’ll get some emails from his publicist and a few trolls defending him in the comment section but everyone we’ve ever spoken to that has MEANT something to Hip-hop, some of the most respected rappers and producers today seem to share the same opinion–Solar ruined Guru. Now I don’t know what bet Guru lost or how much he is in debt to Solar, but clearly Solar has an agenda and way more control over Guru, his music and health than any business partner (or person) ever should.

Nobody can say Guru has made better music with Solar. Nobody can say Guru has been a better person with Solar. Not one person, friend or family will say Guru has been a happier person with Solar.

I’m not out to assassinate Solar and or career, but without Guru not a single person would have even known or cared who he was. We’re not talking about MC Solar from France here. I’ve spoken with some of the greatest industry figures today and they all say the same thing, Solar is an opportunist who has Guru under a spell. Publicists hate him. Fans of Gang Starr weep and now Guru’s own family is ex-communicated. Enough is enough.

I pray Guru pulls through, but I also pray this puts an end to all the ridiculous beef between Mr. Elam and Mr. Martin. If one good thing comes out of this besides, it’s that we’ll we finally see what WE ALL want to, Gang Starr reuniting.

And before you get it twisted there has been NO other blog with the exception of Preems that has showed love and support to both Guru and DJ Premier.

Check out our interview with Guru and Solar from from last year.


Every hip-hop fan in the world

(AllHipHop News)
Revered rapper Guru released a statement to today (March 3) as he recovers from surgery after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.

Guru, born Keith Elam, was briefly comatose due to the heart attack. Doctors successfully operated on the 43-year-old MC on Tuesday (March 2).

“I am doing fine and I am recovering! I’m weak though,” Guru told in a statement today. “Solar is the only person who has the accurate info on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false! I appreciate your well wishes and all the love!”

Guru and his family are asking for privacy as he recovers and stressed for fans to continue to send prayers, thoughts and love.

His partner Solar echoed Guru’s comments about the need for privacy but told fans the outlook is positive for the rapper.

Additionally, only Solar will have access to Guru and accurate information regarding the status of his health.

“Guru is resting and doing well after his surgery,” Solar told “The doctors say that he will fully recover from his illness. We thank everyone who send prayers our way and we appreciate the outpouring of love from around the world!”

Solar can be reached by contacting a representative for his publicity firm,

Exclusive Interview with Guru (Gang Starr) and Solar

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Exclusive Interview with Guru (Gang Starr) and Solar

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


Click here to download the new REMASTERED FULL INTERVIEW (40 minutes)

All in good fun…


Check out the interview in its entirety and make sure you leave your comments and question for both for both Guru and Solar.

And if you’ve been living under a rock, you missed one of the the most in-depth Gang Starr celebrations ever on the blogosphere. Catch up here – Gang Starr month from April.

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Jason Gloss