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Homage should only be bestowed to the deserving, and with that we receive a tribute to fallen Gang Starr MC Keith “Guru” Elam, affectionately titled “G.U.R.U.” Almost three years after his death, producer Marco Polo and the legendary DJ Premier connect to create a groove that perfectly embodies both of their styles.

Talib Kweli plays the role of the bard on the track, and recalls his many experiences with the polarizing lyricists. The Brooklyn MC reminisces about seeing his first Gang Starr visual on Ralph McDaniel’s Video Music Box, and how he never would have guessed he’d have the opportunity to tour with the duo early on in his career. If nothing else, the record will give listeners a strong feel for Guru’s impact on the Blackstar rapper.

“G.U.R.U.” will appear on Marco Polo‘s forthcoming PA2: The Director’s Cut LP, due out this July. See a brief statement from the beatsmith and the heartfelt record below. Rest in power Guru!

Tomorrow marks the three-year anniversary of the passing of the legendary G.U.R.U. of Gang Starr. I decided to this leak this record one day early to ensure DJ’s and everyone can have it ready for his anniversary and it can be played tomorrow. This is one of the most important records I’ve ever been a part of” states Marco Polo. “Thank you to Talib Kweli and DJ Premier for being a part of this incredible record! We will also be premiering the “G.U.R.U.” video very soon (which is directed by Todd Angkasuwan) so stay tuned. Please help share this record and celebrate the life of an artist who influenced myself and so many others in Hip-Hop and music period! R.I.P. Keith Edward Elam aka G.U.R.U. (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal)!

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