“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.
Run DMC rose to fame due to the dynamic verses of Run and D.M.C., but the crew’s equally vital member was their late DJ, Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell. On what would have been the turntable technician’s 49th birthday, it’s only right to give props to DJs that have shined in similar settings as well.
First impressions are crucial, especially in Hip-Hop. If you drop a dud your first time out, your rap career could be finished as quickly as it started. But not every Hip-Hop act hits a home run their first time up. Some barely made it on base before becoming solid players in the rap world.
Today (July 17), is the late Keith “Guru” Elam’s birthday. Rest In Power. I’m old enough to remember back when Mike Dee & Keithy E left for New York in order to eventually land Gang Starr Posse a deal with K-Tel/Wild Pitch Records in 1987. Back then Boston’s Hip-Hop and Rap music wasn’t being acknowledged […]
The Miami Heat won their third NBA Championship tonight (June 20) and it was the second in a row for LeBron James. Right on cue, Nike Basketball drops a commercial featuring King James getting congratulatory messages from the likes of Spike Lee, Dr. Dre, Coach K and more.