It is with great sadness that we report the loss of Keith “Guru” Elam. He succumbed to cancer on April 19 after battling through a heart attack some 5 weeks ago. Guru was 43 years old.
Guru and partner DJ Premier were the primary members of the seminal hip hop group Gang Starr, and his prolific solo work on the “Jazzmatazz” series continued to break new ground combining jazz and hip hop, producing collaborations with the likes of Donald Byrd, N’Dea Davenport, Roy Ayers, Ramsey Lewis, Branford Marsalis and Jamiroquai. He will be sorely missed.