[From Put On BLAST!]: Guru (of Gangstarr) Passed Monday, April 19

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Known to most as Guru of the legendary hip hop duo Gang Starr (with DJ Premier), Keith Elam passed away Monday, April 19, 2010. He was 43.

According to reports, he had been battling cancer for some time. Guru’s classic contributions to hip hop music include the albums Step in the Arena, Jazzmatazz, and many other great works. For those who may be unaware, Guru, who came to the hip hop scene in the late 80’s/early 90’s, receives a great deal of credit for fusing hip hop and jazz in his music and for being a gifted lyricist. May the Creator keep him and bless his family.