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“The DJ’s name is Premier and I’m the Guru,” said the late, great Keith “Guru Elam” on the intro to Gang Starr’s second album, Step In The Arena. That’s all that was needed for an MC from Boston and a DJ born in Houston (DJ Premier) to create six albums and a collection of classic records.

On the 4th anniversary of Guru’s untimely death from cancer, Hip-Hop Wired put together a clip of his trusty DJ explaining the science behind the duo’s creative process. Besides sharp rhymes and booming production, it occasionally included a fist fight. However what never suffered was the music.

Rest In Power Guru.

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