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Updated*** RIP Guru – 4/20/10 – Leaves Letter for Fans,Friends ?

Posted in MuSaK, News, Scene by msdisdain on April 20, 2010


The legend and founder behind the hip hop group Gang Starr passed this morning at the age of 43 following an epic battle with cancer.  I’m sure as with any illness, passing and its intersection with business, there was a bit of drama behind this whole mess.  The peace that comes with rest after a long battle through the night will bring a morning so eternal and blessed.  Rest in peace, sir, your beats, your legend and your badassness (alongside your character, flavor, warmth and humanity) will be remembered forever more!

And now, for the drama…

Allegedly, Guru left a letter to his family and friends penned by a third person (Solar) expressing his wishes, his gratitude and…his hatred?  It’s received mixed review and is questioned in its authenticity (mostly because that’s a lot of hate to let out on your deathbed).  Posting it for readers to see and decide for themselves (more links below).

Letter to his fans reads:

“In the letter, seen below, the rapper explains his illness, expresses gratitude to supporters and offers some parting words for DJ Premiere.

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.

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.

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.”


Here is another view:

As posted on DJ Premier blog citing a letter from Guru’s sister recounting unfortunately the extent of Guru’s disease.


I am truly sorry to see such drama persist mostly because it has allowed a spectacle to brew over an artist revolutionary who died a humble death from a most awful disease most privately and underhandedly all to publicly.

Regardless, like my homie did say:
So i guess whatever happened there, we can say, “charge it to the game.”

some links:

Reaction and criticism over Guru’s “last letter”:

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    RIP J.D. Salinger

    Posted in News by msdisdain on January 28, 2010

    The world has lost yet another mind ahead of its time:

    R.I.P. Jerome David Salinger
    January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010

    Notable Works by J.D. Salinger:
    The Cather in the Rye (1951)

    On my list of top favorite reads of all time; I’ve read Catcher in the Rye almost ten times and mostly when I lived in Paris, felt completely existentially lost and needed a metro read.

    Nine Stories (1953)
    Franny & Zooey (1961)
    Raise High the Roof Beam, the Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963)

    ‘Catcher In The Rye’ Author J.D. Salinger Dies At 91 via NPR
    J. D. Salinger, Enigmatic Author, Dies at 91 via NYTimes
    J.D. Salinger (1919-2010): His Legacy Isn’t ‘Catcher in the Rye’. It’s His Glass Family Stories. via Huffington Post
    J.D. Salinger, R.I.P (1919-2010) via Wall Street Journal

    RIP Ben Ali, Founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl

    Posted in Eats, News by msdisdain on October 8, 2009

    Leave news to be a trending topic on Twitter, but upon finding out that Ben Ali, founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl in DC, passed away of natural causes today at age 82, I just had to ask for a moment of silence and perhaps an ode to the half smoke.

    Thank you for making Ben’s Chili Bowls one of the best places I have ever eaten. The food is epic (the half smoke = win), the hip hop is always thick, and the guys behind the line are some of the chillest illest and kindest folk around. RIP Ben Ali!

    This does not, however, mean I will discontinue eating there. Food’s dank son!

    View for a personal statement from the family.

    Below, news as reported by AP:
    Ben Ali, founder of DC’s Ben’s Chili Bowl, dies

    On the Net:

    * Ben’s Chili Bowl:

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