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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

We miss you GURU

I can't believe a year has already passed since we lost Keith Elam, The GURU; a true legend in hip-hop and one that will never be forgotten. He created timeless music as one half of Gang Starr and with his early "Jazzmatazz" projects and always gave the impression to be a real stand up guy. GURU made sure his people got their chance to shine just as he had gotten his; he managed artists like Group Home, SikkenMoov, Fabbiden Fruit, True Master, Bahamadia, Jeru The Damaja and established his own Ill Kids Records imprint.

He might not have been the most complex lyricist but his passion, heart, unique voice and hundreds of memorable verses more than made up for it. If you don't got the Gang Starr catalouge in your record collection I just want to say shame on you as each and every one of their LPs are incredible and justifies Guru and DJ Premier as one of hip-hop's finest MC/producer duo's. They also recorded several additional quality tracks, songs that popped up on soundtracks, B-sides, mixtapes as well as guest spots on other peeps albums. All which I collected on two volumes at the very beginning of me starting the blog you're reading.

I have now also added a third installment, this one featuring all the DJ Premier remixes of Gang Starr tracks, most originally appearing on the 12" singles. So what I present here to y'all are, to my knowledge, every released Preemo/GURU track besides their six must own retail albums (i decided to include the three original tracks from the "Full Clip" compilation although I strongly recommend any fan of this duo to cop that one too). But before you hit the play button let's all take a moment of silence for a fallen soldier - Rest in power Keith.

01. "Full Clip"
02. "Disciple" (Ft. Total)
03. "All For Tha $"
04. "The Piece Maker"
05. "Hustlin' Daze" (Ft. Donell Jones)
06. "Where's My Ladies" (Ft. Big Shug)
07. "1/2 & 1/2" (Ft. M.O.P.)
08. "So Wassup?!"
09. "The Militia II" (Ft. Rakim & W.C.)
10. "Jazz Thang (Video Mix)"
11. "The ? Remains"
12. "Watch What You Say" (Ft. Chaka Khan)
13. "Lifesaver" (DJ Premier Remix)
14. "Doe In Advance"
15. "Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot)"
16. "Credit Is Due"
17. "Battle"
18. "Back 2 Back" (Ft. Mendoughza)
19. "Natural"
20. "Tha Squeeze"

01. "Here's The Proof"
02. Dream Warriors & Gang Starr - "I've Lost My Ignorance"
03. Slam Slam & Gang Starr- Free Your Feelings [Gifted Mix]"
04. MC Solaar Ft. Gang Starr - "Qui Séme Le Vent Récolte Le Tempo [Remix]"
05. Loose Ends & Gang Starr - "A Little Spice [Remix]"
07. Soul to Soul Ft. Gang Starr - "Intelligence [Jazzie to Guru Mix]"
08. Neneh Cherry & Gang Starr - "Sassy" (Ft. Gang Starr)
09. N'Dea Davenport & Gang Starr - "Bring It On [Premier & The Guru Mix]"
10. Group Home & GangStarr - "Serious Rap Shit" (Ft. Big Shug)
11. M.O.P. & GangStarr - "Salute Part II
12. Macy Gray & GangStarr- "I've Committed Muurder [Remix]" (Ft. Mos Def)
13. Tin Tin Out & GangStarr- "What I Am [Remix]" (Ft. Emma Bunton)
14. Lina & Gang Starr - "It's Alright [Remix]"
15. Big Shug & Gang Starr - "Sucker Punch"
16. Krumb Snatcha  & Gang Starr - "Indestructible"
17. AG, OC, GangStarr & Party Arty - "Weed Scented"
18. Afu-Ra & Gang Starr - "Blvd."
19. Group Home & Gang Starr - "The Legacy"

01. "Words I Manifest" [Remix]
02. "No More Mr. Nice Guy" [Fed Up Mix]
03. "Positivity" [Whole World Mix]
04. "Gotch U" [Hunter Mix]
05. "Just to Get A Rep" [Extended 12" Mix]
06. "Check The Technique" [12" Remix]
07. "Jazz Thing" [Movie Mix] (w. Branford Marsalis)
08. "I've Lost My Ignorance" [Gang Starr Remix] (w. Dream Warriors)
09. "Love Sick" [Extended Remix]
10. "Ex Girl to Next Girl" [DJ Premier Remix]
11. "DWYCK" [Horny Mix] (Ft. Nice & Smooth)
12. "Flip The Script" [Minor Adjustment Remix]
13. "Doe in Advance" [12" Remix]
14. "You Know My Steez" [Three Men & A Lady Remix] (Ft. Kurupt & Lady Of Rage)
15. "Jazz Thang" [Extended Instrumental] [*]


  1. Wow, pretty amazing compilations you put together. Nice work!! I think I have every one of those songs on vinyl, or at least cd, but for all the cats who don't buy records or cd's, this is a must have! I think I'm gonna download it too and burn these to cd...

  2. glad you appreciated it fam, i always try to focus alot on the sequencing and stuff when i do compilations like these to make them flow like actual albums. i buy alot of records and of course got much of these stuff but i still like to play these as compilations every once in a while!

    very nice addition to the already amazing Gang Starr catalouge. Keithy E. The Guru, such an amazing man.