WELCOME BACK WAX: Guru’s Inaugural Volume of ‘Jazzmatazz’ Resurfaces on Vinyl This Week
Guru decade of a jazz thing.” Guru would make good on his astutely prophetic vision a few years later when Spike Lee’s film Mo’ Better Blues—Guru, who passed away in 2010, predicted that “Jazz ain’t the past WELCOME BACK WAX: Guru’s Inaugural Volume of ‘Jazzmatazz’ Resurfaces on Vinyl This Week check out a few throwback videos from the album below. PRE-ORDER Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 vinyl reissue via Amazon WATCH: Heavies fame) and Carleen Anderson, as well as the lyrically gifted French emcee MC Solaar. Guru
Remembering Guru Today on What Would Have Been His 56th Birthday (Born 7/17/61)
never be released because of Guru's death. On February 28, 2010, Guru went into cardiac arrest and seventh chapter in the book of Guru, Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures, was released in 2005 on Guru's Guru Guru's rhyming described as sharp-eyed but anti-ostentatious. In 1993, Guru released the first in a Remembering Guru Today on What Would Have Been His 56th Birthday (Born 7/17/61) Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Guru’s musical legacy and share your personal memories of him with us. Please join the Albumism team in celebrating Guru’s musical legacy and share your personal memories Elam (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010), better known by his stage name Guru (a backronym for Gifted
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Gang Starr’s ‘Daily Operation’
one in the manual of beat construction, complemented by Guru’s efficiency as a verbal tour guide Guru Man” serves as the formal introduction to Guru and DJ Premier’s extended family, later to be known as omitted from conversations and lists of upper echelon emcees, Guru makes an early proclamation of his formula within the genre. Guru’s distinctly husky, monotone voice, eloquently delivering his often Girl to Next Girl”, Guru’s confessions of escapades while being an eligible New York City bachelor
INTERVIEW: Dreamin’ On with N’Dea Davenport of the Brand New Heavies
Guru remembers Guru being “innovative, brilliant, funny and fixed in his views.” “When he put together the Christopher A. Daniel spoke with the soulful siren about her storied career, collaborations with Guru, connections to Madonna, and much more. , Davenport wasn’t included on that effort. She recalls the late great Guru of Gang Starr actually wanting R&B vocalist. Guru and Davenport had previously exchanged words in passing while he was an
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Gang Starr’s ‘Step in the Arena’
have been custom crafted specifically for Guru’s measured baritone rhymes. In 1989, the duo released , and most notably through Guru’s masterful Jazzmatazz initiative. The group’s time recording for Wild Guru 1980s by the late-great Roxbury, MA bred emcee Keith “Guru” Elam and DJ 1, 2 B-Down, but the pair remained under the radar. Vowing to continue the group under the Gang Starr moniker, Guru was introduced ‘Step in the Arena’ expanded upon the promise of Gang Starr’s debut LP, establishing Guru & DJ Premier as a hip-hop force to be reckoned with. -headed Guru outlines the futility of battling his superior microphone prowess. Guru’s punishing rhymes
Happy Birthday to N’Dea Davenport, Born May 6, 1966
term known as acid jazz. Parallel to this, Davenport completed work on Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 , with Guru. In 1995, Davenport left the group citing irreconcilable differences, returning to the US artists, such as Mark Ronson, Louie Vega, Roger Sanchez, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Madonna, Natalie Merchant
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of The Brand New Heavies’ ‘Heavy Rhyme Experience: Vol. 1’
the late great Guru of Gang Starr. Most would agree that Guru’s monotone delivery and thought (Guru) put together the Jazzmatazz project, it was definitely one of the first and finest in how it Ms. Davenport a year later for his own Jazz-Funk-Hip-Hop fusion album Guru’s Jazzmatazz Vol 1. “When
Happy Birthday to Roy Ayers, Born September 10, 1940
early '90s, Ayers made a guest appearance on Guru's seminal Jazzmatazz album in 1993 and played at New York clubs with Guru and Donald Byrd. Though most of his solo records had been out of print for
Happy Birthday to John Lydon, Born January 31, 1956
Sex, which was run by would-be rock & roll gurus and provocateurs Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne
ALBUM NEWS: Is a New A Tribe Called Quest LP on the Horizon? Record Mogul L.A. Reid Says “Yes.”
thanks to record industry guru and Epic Records Chairman/CEO L.A. Reid, and just one week before
PLAYLIST: Portrait of the Artist Volume 2 – Erykah Badu
Rhymes, Common, D’Angelo, Robert Glasper, Guru, J Dilla, Talib Kweli, Janelle Monáe, OutKast, The
100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums: Erykah Badu’s ‘Baduizm’ (1997)
among us like an intergalactic guru, emotionally vulnerable yet exuding a steely calm. Baduizm went
ALBUM REVIEW: In Uncertain Times, The Killers Remain Consistent on ‘Wonderful Wonderful’
uncrowded, tight and joyous, with Flowers’ professional guru Bono’s fingerprints all over it. While The
Happy Birthday to Pete Townshend, Born May 19, 1945
first tentative solo album, Who Came First, in 1972. Dedicated to his guru, Meher Baba, it continued
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Ed O.G & Da Bulldogs’ Debut Album ‘Life of a Kid in the Ghetto’
-born Guru (who adopted NYC as his career stomping grounds), arguably the most revered emcee to both
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 45 Years of The Who’s ‘Who’s Next’
Townshend’s spiritual guru Meher Baba, is often referred to as “Teenage Wasteland.” Townshend’s then newly
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Erykah Badu’s Debut Album ‘Baduizm’
. Dropped among us like an intergalactic guru, she exuded a steely calm. I was sold. And I wasn’t the only
Happy 70th Birthday to Carlos Santana, Born July 20, 1947
the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The two shared a spiritual leader in guru Sri Chinmoy, who bestowed upon
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 20 Years of Rakim’s Debut Solo Album ‘The 18th Letter’
of necessity when the group breaks up. Guru, CL Smooth and Parrish Smith never managed to sound as
TRIBUTE: Celebrating 25 Years of Nice & Smooth’s ‘Ain’t a Damn Thing Changed’
great Guru contributing a verse while the legendary DJ Premier handles the scratches (which was
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