On Friday November 1 , Gang Starr will release its first album in more than 16 years. Additionally, Preemo recruited J. Cole and Nitty Scott, MC to carry the torch onward. Perhaps the story of this album begins in Whereas the two men who lived together for much of the s across several New York City residences regularly took breaks between LPs, this one was different. They never resumed work together. Meanwhile, Guru reportedly resented his longtime partner over money and album credit, among other problems. A controversial deathbed letter distanced Guru from his former partner. Premier has long maintained that denied rights to see Guru, he had to bribe a hospital employee to see his partner one final time. Cantor reports what has happened behind the scenes since
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The anonymous hacker made public emails sent between Solar and various parties, including documents that seem to indicate that Solar is more evil than anyone could have even guessed. SOTC contacted some of the parties named in the messages, and the emails appear to be authentic. Jake Paine, editor-in-chief of the website www. Promotions, was legitimate.
But the time to make amends had come too late: The year-old rapper was in a medically induced coma at Good Samaritan Hospital in Rockland County, N. Guru, born Keith Elam, formed Gang Starr with friends from Boston in the late s; when the rest of the group split, he relocated to New York and teamed with DJ Premier, a gifted producer from Texas. After a period of drift sparked by tensions over alcohol, money and credit, the duo had lost touch. It is potentially the first of two posthumous Gang Starr albums, which have taken nearly a decade to bring to life. The journey to new Gang Starr music has been complicated by years of legal battles and conflicting personal accounts. It began with a letter Guru was said to have written on his deathbed that removed Premier from his legacy. For years, there were questions about its authenticity, and the letter remained a point of contention. By then the group was already splintering. Since then, he has systematically tried to tarnish the Gang Starr legacy and diminish everything that Guru and I built. Despite the cold war between Premier and Guru, few in hip-hop believed that the classic Gang Starr lineup was over forever.
Following the death of rapper Guru -- born Keith Elam -- after a year- long battle with cancer, fans, friends and family have taken to twitter and other social networks to mourn their loss, as a controversy over an alleged letter written by the late hip hop star rages on. Snoop Dogg wrote, " gonna be in honor of the big homie Guru Light one up for the legend," while Nicki Minaj wrote "A hip-hop legend. P GURU! Guru's death was first announced via a statement from friend and producer Solar.