Boston MC Guru of Gang Starr and Jazzmatazz fame is in a coma after suffering a cardiac arrest.
There were multiple reports today that Keith “Guru” Elam, from the legendary Gang Starr has suffered cardiac arrest and was currently in a coma. Sources have confirmed to me that yes, Guru is in a New York-area hospital after a cardiac episode. Fans, friends, and family are currently praying for the best as Guru undergoes surgery.
Guru was a founding member of the group Gang Starr and recorded several critically acclaimed albums with DJ Premier. No More Mister Nice Guy, Step In The Arena, Daily Operation, Hard To Earn, and Moment Of Truth are staples of most New York hip-hop fan’s CD collections.
In 1993, Guru released his first solo album, Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1. The album featured collaborations with Donald Byrd, N’Dea Davenport and Roy Ayers, while his second LP, Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality, featured Ramsey Lewis, Branford Marsalis and Jamiroquai.
In recent years he has released several projects with producer Solar including Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures and Guru 8.0 Lost & Found.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
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