Out of all of the rap artists in the late 80’s, Gangstarr had to be one of the coolest groups in the genre. Their lead rapper, Guru, had a rap style that was smooth and hip, as displayed on the rap video below, “Manifest” from the 1989 album, “No More Mr. Nice Guy”.
Guru, whose real name was Keith Elam, died on Monday as a result of cancer-related causes. He was 43 years old.
Guru founded Gang Starr in 1987, and built a sizable following in the early 1990s, releasing classic albums such as Step in the Arena (1991) and Daily Operation (1992).
In 1993, he released his first solo album, Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1. The album featured collaborations with Donald Byrd, N’Dea Davenport, and Roy Ayers, while his second LP, Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality, featured Ramsey Lewis, Branford Marsalis and Jamiroquai.