March 1st, 2010
12:55 PM ET

Rapper Guru, 43, in coma

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The hip-hop community is pulling for the recovery of one of the pioneers of rap.

Guru, a founding member of the rap group Gang Starr, was reportedly scheduled to have surgery on Monday after lapsing into a coma.

According to a radio interview with his former group mate DJ Premier, the 43-year-old Guru suffered a heart attack and fell into the coma after going into cardiac arrest.

Guru, who was born Keith Elam, rose to fame as a member of the underground hip-hop group in the early 1990s. In 1993 he released a solo album, “Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1” which was billed as “an experimental fusion of hip-hop and jazz.” The album became the first in a series of four records.


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    October 14, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Liz

    What an amazing auteur...this is so very sad. I played Jazzmatazz V.1 at my wedding. God bless him!

    October 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Str8 Outta Tx

    hip hop pioneer, Gang Starr fanatical.
    Rhyme like a playwright, flow so radical/
    get well guru your presence is requested.
    long as i'm gettin airplay i cant be bested/
    On to the next one, new york to texas.
    Fans from all age groups, races and sexes/
    haters gotta tap out leave their women breathless.
    scientifically speaking i strike solar plexus/
    pen to the pad, dont test my libido.
    Str8 is on the tracks by my style aint free though/
    6 barre soldier. guru's a beast though.
    gotta sign off for now.holla at you round 3 or so...

    March 5, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sweetbwoy

    Get well soon my brother.
    Coming from The London Massive

    March 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SNookers dj Frumpy nupples

    Guru awakes......do resonate.....get rid of all the hate.....all we wanna do is colaborate.

    Str8 Outta Tx claims he can rhyme, all gotta give that cat is some time, and then he be makin FAT DIME!!!

    Frumpy Nupples is on the tracks, if you dont like that, then your WIGGITY, WIGGITY, WACK

    OHHH SNAPPP!!!!!

    March 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Str8 Outta Tx

    im good with that. without the pioneers of hip hop, many of my favorites wouldnt be who they are today. as far as the verse goes... i'll work on it.
    yeah i rhyme a little.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Str8 Outta Tx

    im good with that. without the pioneers of hip hop, many of my favorites wouldnt be who they are today. as far as the verse goes... i'll work on it.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Zo

    Peace to your Heart! Get Well Soon!

    March 4, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. SNookers dj Frumpy nupples

    Snap crackel.....mofos!!! Man I cant belive how dis has brought us all together like dis. Its almost like we prayin for him to do, one more collaboration.

    I say we all write a verse dedicated to Guru and post dem beats up here in dis online hisssouse!!!

    Let it drop a somtin like dis:

    Guru, a lyrical man.....rymin beats as fast as he can. Frumpy nupples spinnin his tracks.....all the other arer WAKITY WACK!!

    OHHHHH.....SNAPP........that was tight!!!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SNookers dj Frumpy nupples

    OHHH>>>SNAP......crackle pops...yo!! Dams i been tearin up all week over dis mess, i cant stop thinkin of GURU. I have missed work all week, sittin at home playing all my GURU albums. Dams....why life gotta be like dis.........it aint suppos ta be like dis. GURU was ours, and we took him for granted. HE IS AND ALLWAYS WILL BE THE BEST. To those who perpetrate whats been perpitratin.......dems bad beats will come your way.

    Guru was da best lyrical expresionist of our time.....all the rest are just sucka pants homeesss. Rudy poot Gangsta Tip!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ubdubious

    "Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is
    I get more props and stunts than Bruce Willis"

    Takes me back.

    March 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NYCborn&raised

    "Gangstarr has got to be the sure shot.." "Crazy as I wanna be cause I make it orderly, you could say I'm sort of the boss so get lost"
    (Hope I quoted correctly!)
    Loved Gangstarr and they are what real & GREAT rap is! Not the crap that's on the radio today. Get better& God bless!

    March 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chip Pierce

    Max props from the Nate Dog on the West Side of Karlsbad – talkin' CA. Raisin' some glasses – fo' shizzle. Me, respekt I be showin' and my girlz be glowin' – on the bling – jumpin' on my thing. Kaboom.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. TG3

    Why is he referred to as a pioneer of rap if his band didn't start recording until the 90's?

    Or was he just one of the pioneers of blacks calling other African Americans 'Niggers' ?

    March 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  17. groove93

    To those out there who are confused as to why Guru along with DJ Premier considered Hip Hop Pioneers. There's "Listening", and there's "Comprehending". Some of you need to seriously go back and comprehend how Gangstarr has contributed to the Hip Hop world with regards to Productions and Lyrics. You've been clouded by the Mainstream Media's take and portrayal of Hip Hop as a culture, and you've failed to dig deep and talk to the people who are actually a part of it. MTV and CNN are not worthy of telling you the real story of the people and the culture of Hip Hop. The only thing you'll hear is "sound bytes" rather than conversations, which is ashame. Guru and Premier were at the forefront of the Black Positive Movement of the late 80s and 90s along with Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, and far too many to mention. DJ Premier's production style was a driving force for many East Coast Hip Hop acts during the early to late 90s along with The Beat Minerz, Pete Rock, The RZA, Prince Paul, etc etc. This is the information that you will not read on CNN, MTV, or what ever Mainstream Media entity because it's not important. You will only hear about the negative aspects of a genre because that's what generates "ratings". So what's important to some, may not be important to others, but atleast respect and "comprehend" the reasoning behind someone's interest in whatever subject is in front of them.

    March 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Cease

    Get better GURU.. you the man!

    March 3, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  19. Kamalu

    May Jah bless u with a speedy recovery...it hurts my heart....rap music has gone to the dogs...your style and unique beats kept Brooklyn goin..the best dynamic duo team...Gangstarr and DJ Premiere...I remembered the days in Brooklyn....Clinton HIll, Fort Greene area in the 90's...

    March 3, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  20. mistaoldschool

    Yo Guru get well soon homie...we NEED you and your music!

    March 3, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  21. K-Smoove

    Gang Starr was a huge influence in Hip-Hop. I still rotate some of them joints during a show. Get Well Son.

    March 3, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  22. Adam (uk)

    Guru is real man, just like pre. They have been around since the start and moved with the times unlike alot of artists. Really hope you are ok man. get well soon!

    March 3, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  23. terkura

    I know little about you Guru bit you songs tell of a man with a good heart. Get well soon!

    March 3, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  24. luke

    What a phuckn punk guru is he has little mans complex just like 2 pac did!!!!

    March 3, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  25. Meez 1

    Much Respect to the Architect! Get well my man!

    March 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Fever

    Guru, one of the best of all time. We need you, and the industry needs you. Get well soon and quick! And then do another gang starr abum ;).

    March 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  27. SNookers dj Frumpy nupples

    Pull thru GURU!!

    WE NEED YOU AS A NATION!!!

    AMERICA will be lost with out your lyrical expressions.

    Peace in the middle east, everyone waive there hand sin the air, and waive em like ya just dont care!!

    SNookers dj Frumpy nupples and GURU . The two best hip hop duo EVER!!! wicka, wicka,wiggity,wiggity,wiggity wack!!

    March 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  28. marvel13

    its amazing that people like "music4life" and Kelly Marie" talk out of their a$$ about things of which they have no background knowledge of, i'm sick the ignorance. do your homework and study the history of the music and the artist, instead watching satanical tv shows about vampires and werewolves or older women acting like hoes and then making it seem ok that their teenage daughter is pregnant or is putting out more a$$ than a Beyonce CD.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Dwight J

    Guru and Premiere, Gangstarr, in my humble opinion, are the most underrated hip hop group ever. Daily Operation is a classic in totality. Jazzmatazz was ground breaking. So much positivity came from Keith's lyrics.

    Get well, Keith... much love to and your family.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  30. badazz

    This boy sing better than Teddy Prenderazz...get well fast blow!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Russ Penman

    I listen to Guru almost everyday. To me he was the best rapper out. Not many can bridge a gap between Rap and Jazz. He also helped put MC Solar on the map, for those of you that don't know, he is a rapper from France, and he raps in French. All these so called rappers now a days are pure garbage compared to him and I hope and will pray that he recovers.

    March 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Shawnda

    I have been a Gangstarr fan for a very long time, so to hear about Guru being in a coma is very heart breaking, and I know any one who has ever listen to the borther speak feels the same way. I pray that your recovery is speedy, and strong.

    Much Love.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  33. hansolar

    hey, SNookers dj Frumpy nupples, i'll be your idiot...(but ya' better not wind up being a fool).appears ya' wasted all "them lines" trying to impress whoever...certainly yer' not a DJ, maybe you're a "disk jerk" w/ no common sense....

    Again, I'd like to give shout out to GURU, and family. Get well soon!

    March 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  34. hansolar

    IT'S SURPRISING THAT NEITHER NEWSPAPERS IN NYC ( daily news and da' post ), acknowledge this individual current condition. Thats why i read "all" newspapers.....
    Gifted
    Unlimited
    Rhymes
    Universal
    . . .this brother is my favorite rapper /lyricsist . . .i pray for his speedily recovery. i'll continue playin' his jamz to include, "ABOVE THE CLOUDS"

    March 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  35. SNookers dj Frumpy nupples

    Ohhh, SNAP......what a perpetratin linguist this dawg was. Guru is the most ecletic hip Hop artist of all time. There is no one that has changed the face of music more than him. He is way bigger that any other artist of all time. He is bigger than elvis, the beatles, and micheal jackson combined. Guru is an inivator in the music world. His beats are so unreal that it boggle the mids of most lyrical expresionists. If Guru dies we all die. Guru is the smack pickle, the hizzle dizzle, he comes up strong he lives with his nickle!!

    March 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  36. SNookers dj Frumpy nupples

    Ohhh, SNAP......what a perpetratin linguist this dawg was. Guru is the most ecletic hip Hop artist of all time. There is no one that has changed the face of music more than him. He is way bigger that any other artist of all time. He is bigger than elvis, the beatles, and micheal jackson combined. Guru is an inivator in the music world. His beats are so unreal that it boggle the mids of most lyrical expresionists. If Guru dies we all die. Guru is the smack pickle, the hizzle dizzle, he comes up strong he lives with his nickle!!

    Just kidding..WHO THE FUCK IS GURU......you people are fuckin idiots!!

    March 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  37. recqspecdog

    these are the words that I manifest I manifest!! one of the greatest, get well soon guru

    March 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Yo Cobra

    Damn Guru, come back...
    Much respect for all the ispiration, you are a legend.
    A nice guy too, once he drove by shouting to his friend, and i was like, "Guru?!" He slowed down and reached out th window to shake my hand, mentioned his album that was about to drop. A dope MC we are all hoping for a quick recovery...ONE

    March 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. G.O.O

    get well soon.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  40. look

    read

    March 2, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  41. Anthony

    The Moment of Truth is one of my favorite albums...Get better soon
    Guru....I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  42. clarence

    Hang in there Guru.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  43. sophia

    Oh no.....I pray that he fully recovers and his health restored.
    They were awesome, and they displayed what rap is all about. Wish there were more like him and Premiere.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  44. Ross

    One of my top 3 favs. Our prayers are with you. Please get well soon!

    March 2, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  45. Mike

    Awesome music, Still stands up as some of the best rap music ever produced to this day. Best wishes.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  46. Dana

    I am praying for you Guru and hope you have a speedy recovery.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  47. KennyWayne

    Fa y'all that don't know Gang Starr...Meaning of the Name;
    Gang represents GURU's boys are a posse, and
    Starr symbolizes the power

    Personally, my all time/most consistent/most frequently listened to is Gang Starr. Pull through and lets get it going again. Take your time my man.

    March 2, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  48. KennyWayne

    Street Ministry
    I Manifest
    Ex to tha Next
    Discipline
    Moment of Truth
    The list goes on and on...every Gang Starr cd/songs are classics that I still bang on a daily basis.

    Pull through!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  49. KennyWayne

    Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal...somebody above messed it up. Totally pulling for you, I've been wanting a Gang Starr reunion so bad and now this. Been thinking about you and your fam since I read about your health situation. I had heart trouble a bit over a year ago and advocate for the Heart Association now...please get better for all of us. You still here!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  50. Mike

    Guru you are the greatest, we prayin for you, hang in there

    word is bond

    March 2, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  51. Tony

    Wishing for a speedy recovery for a true pioneer in hip-hop. God Bless

    March 2, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  52. Shane

    Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal, mc's that aint equipped get flipped in my circle. Get better soon GURU, ur the man who really got me into rap.

    March 2, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  53. TutpicMegalops

    THIS IS FOR THE BADD ANGEL THAT TRIES TO TAKE MY MAN
    G.U.R.U.......He so gifted the devil have to RUN Away...

    No way you'll never make it
    Come with the weak shit I break kids
    Step into my zone mad rhymes will stifle ya
    Lines like rifles go blast when I kick some ass
    A lot of rappers be like one time wonders
    Couldn't say a fly rhyme if there was one right under
    Their noses I hate those motherfuckin posers
    But I'm so real to them it's scary
    And with my unique skills nag you can't compare me
    And no we don't make wack tracks
    and all the suckers get pushed back when I'm kickin real facts
    I represent set up shit like a tent boy
    You're paranoid cause you're my son like Elroy
    And you'd be happy as hell to get a record dal
    Maybe your soul you'd sell to have mass appeal

    GURU

    March 2, 2010 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  54. Michael Everett

    Guru, I met you just before your concert at The Metropol here in Berlin in the 90's. We talked about how East Coast Rap was a way of getting messages into our communities like the drum beats of old in the Motherland. All your Raps have substance, something we lost chasing money and fame! I wish you a speedy recovery !!
    Peace!!!
    Mike "Security Boss at Berghain/Panorama Bar Berlin"

    March 2, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  55. Erika

    I was just flipping through my Zune the other day...I came across their "hard to earn" cd, man that was real hip hop! I will say a prayer for Guru's speedy recovery.....

    March 2, 2010 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  56. Frank

    Guru get better man. I have been a huge fan since the beginning. God Bless you and your family. GET BETTER!

    March 2, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  57. Chad Dula

    I am and always have been a big fan of Gang Starr. I hope and pray for Guru's speedy and careful recovery and hope he can get back to the music as soon as he can.

    March 2, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  58. Chico Simpson

    I'm glad people still can't understand rap.. It's ours :) Especially the ones who cultivated the hate in the first place. Just like Michael Vick, or a Black President that can't provide Healthcare for everyone.. Now how sick is that? Or the best golfer in the world who choses not to divulge hi s personal life as a spectacle...

    GURU we love U!

    March 1, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  59. kenya

    much love much respect for your big contribution to the world of hip-hop all the way to the motherland....

    March 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Big C

    Keith: From the day I first heard "Manifest" till this very day, I've been a fan. To top it off, I was fortunate enough to work with your aunt Harriet in Istanbul, Turkey. I'll never forget the dialog; 'Ms Harriet': "You like rap music?" Me; "Yes!"...Ms Harriet; "Well I have a nephew that raps –"Have you heard of Guru from GangStarr?" I still smile about that conversation almost 16 yrs later!

    Get well, my man. God Bless. ~C

    March 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  61. AJ

    Please Get Well soon GURU! One Love to Gangstarr!

    March 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Chuck

    I have listened to Hip-Hop basically my entire life and never once heard of this Guru Guy. But anyway, get well soon.

    March 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  63. David

    i would think Cnn would be faster but it looks like he laready died! R.I.P. to one of the originators, now you are truly above the clouds!!

    March 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  64. MG

    May God bless you with a healing! Guru, an a Original hip hop, rapper!

    March 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Lyn-Genet

    what a pioneer- smart ,socially aware, positive. He represented the best of an era and is much regarded for his urban intellectual brilliance. My best thoughts to you- our yoga studio will send prayers and chants your way.
    Namaste, Lyn-Genet

    March 1, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Tre

    GURU has worked with and been a huge part of all these artists. Wannabes saying, "who?" Dont know anything.

    Kool Keith
    [USA]
    DJ Premier
    [USA]
    Black Thought
    [USA]
    Sadat X
    [USA]
    Busta Rhymes
    [USA]
    Jay Dee
    [USA]
    Snoop Doggy Dogg
    [USA]
    Mr.Scarface
    [USA]
    B-Real
    [USA]
    MC Solaar
    [FRANCE]
    Fat Joe
    [USA]
    Jeru The Damaja
    [USA]
    Common
    [USA]
    Heavy D
    [USA]
    Jean Grae
    [USA]
    ?uestlove
    [USA]
    Everlast
    [USA]
    Talib Kweli
    [USA]
    Notorious B.I.G
    [USA]
    Freddie Foxxx
    [USA]
    Bahamadia
    [USA]
    Billy Danzini
    [USA]
    Inspectah Deck
    [USA]
    Lil Fame
    [USA]
    Greg Nice
    [USA]
    Smooth B
    [USA]
    DJ Scratch
    [USA]
    Gift Of Gab
    [USA]
    Ladybug
    [USA]
    Butterfly
    [USA]
    Lu
    [CANADA]
    Malik B
    [USA]
    DJ Honda
    [JAPAN]
    8-off The Assassin
    [USA]
    Doodlebug
    [USA]
    Jadakiss
    [USA]
    Big L
    [USA]
    Krumb Snatcha
    [USA]
    True Master
    [USA]
    DJ Lethal
    [USA]
    Styles P
    [USA]
    Solar
    [USA]
    T3
    [USA]
    Q The Capital
    [CANADA]
    DJ Mark The 45 King
    [USA]
    DJ Luv
    [CANADA]
    DJ D-Styles
    [USA]
    Rob-O
    [USA]
    Prodigal Sun
    [USA]
    Lil Dap

    March 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Roberto A.k.A. Kataz

    Guru is one of my favorite rappers of all time. I have been listening to alot of Gang Starr & Guru Jazzmataz recently and today via Twitter I find out he is in a coma. I am praying for you and a fact recovery. The Hip Hop community needs to send a special prayer to Guru, his family and friends in this time. Blessings & Prayers!

    March 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  68. dave

    Get well soon Guru. You are truly an epitome of real hip-hop, along with DJ Premier.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  69. A.B.

    THank you for widening the scope of hip hop guru get well soon

    March 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  70. PEACE on EARTH

    Peace Brother!
    Blessed Be

    March 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Los

    Yo homie, get better soon...best wishes and prayer's with you brother

    March 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  72. corey illout

    get well guru..pull for him people

    March 1, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  73. g.s.

    love his style of rapping. heart attack leading to coma is BAD, means the brain was deprived of oxygen for too long and sadly once brain cells die from lack of oxygen, they don't recover.... off into the new york night we go....

    March 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Tony

    This is a Legend,not your Lil Waynes,not Tupac,not Biggie,& definitely not Jay Z,this is a LEGEND from 1989 til present,his music & lyrical style is amazing,unique & original and with very powerful messages that make you sit & think 7 get deep into his lyrics,GURU please get better soon cause its not your time to go,you still have alot "Words to(I) Manifest",Peace Much Blessings.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  75. jayQ

    GangStarr's "Step In The Arena" – GREAT ALBUM.
    God isn't through with you yet, brother.

    March 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  76. SB

    I met him when I was about 13 years old and he is an inspirational man. I hope he pulls through this. MY prayers go out to him and his family. Get well!

    March 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  77. kk

    get well soon. prayers will be answered.

    March 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  78. pearlcub

    Loved him on De La Soul's Balloon Mindstate

    March 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  79. vClubScene.com

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Guru twice for a website I once worked on. He's a pioneer of Hip-Hop with a Jazz overtone and of one of the best Rap Duo's of all time.

    In 100% agreement with Delph12, for those who are making statements about the group based on the word "Gang" in their name, the duo is NOT a "gangster rap" group. The were a socially conscious rap duo who normally fused Jazz samples in their music and made various references to MUSICIANS in their lyrics. They are by far one of the LEAST of "negative" rap artists, though I even have issue w/ that entire ethos (look it up if you don't know what "ethos" means) as ALL music genres have both "Positive" and "Negative" segments. More pop/rock musicians have done more harm to their listeners than "negative" rap has ever done to this day based on sheer longevity alone (remember, rap has been around about 1/2 the length of time that pop/rock has) and for anyone to judge someone based on their name is like judging someone based on race w/o knowing their mindset. Get it together people. Look em up, sample their music from amazon or itunes and listen to what they say...to the jazz music that they sample...MUSIC...before you make statements based on the name of the group.

    Not to mention...the guy is ill...why would one even make this a forum about such negativity ANYWAY? Even with the absurd gang references pushed out in a mad-looking font, the guy had a HEART ATTACK and is in a coma. Its not like his current state of health is due to gang violence...

    Some people, I swear...

    March 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Fred

    I wish you well Guru and pray for you and yours. My question is this. If you don't like Guru, don't know who he is, or don't like rap or hip-hop music, why would you take the time to make a negative comment? Don't you have anything better to do? Is your life so empty and sad that you look for ways to try to make other people miserable like you are? Guru is classy. No guns, braids, saggy pants. He spoke from the heart but in this commercialized world we live in that type of music is considered "cult" or "underground". Bless you Guru and get well.

    March 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  81. marvel13

    I seems that many people on here either dont know or recognize real hip-hop
    and/or and legendary hip-hop artist. Over decades of rhythmatic beats and positive lyrics infused with
    instrumental jazz musics played by the legends themselves like Sonny Rollins, R/B artist doing countless collaborations made Guru's Jazzmatazz collections truly pioneering and legend....NOW times that creativity
    by 10 and you have DJ Premier to form GANGSTAR. Perhaps the greatest hip-hop duo of all time, what Ganstarr represented was a musically based social movement for the masses coupled with tunes that reminded you
    that all classical moments life can be relived again-

    -Repect the Architect

    March 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  82. L. Scott

    Much love and madd respect to the big hommie GURU. I've never met the man, but I have madd respect for the brother because when you listen to his lyrics you can tell that he's intelligent, thoughtful and creative. He has survived in the game since the late 80's, which is phenomenal for any artist in any genre, so you've got to give him props. he put out a full length album just last year. Most of all, when this brother spits and you listen to his addictive smoothed-out voice over proper Premier beats, nothing else matters anymore accept the music.

    But it's not over yet. when he recovers, he'll be right back at it supporting the pillars of true hip-hop as he's done for about two decades. don't sleep on GURU!!

    Please get well soon. We need you!!

    PS: In case you didn't know, GURU is world-reknown for his lyrical & musical talent. There's no point in dissing the man just because you're ignorant to his music and his message. If you can't say nothing nice about a person (especially one in his condition), don't say nothing at all. it may come back and bite your ass (ie karma).

    March 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Virgo

    Yo God pull through, cats love yu and Premier (no homo). Our prayers are with yu, Amen.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  84. trutrinifan

    this really pains me to hear that one of my fave MC's of all times is so ill.... my prayers go out to you and your family... I wish you god's strength and a speedy recovery..... You are one of the all time greats....

    Primo, my prayers are also with you..... i can only imagine what you're going through as well, considering your history with G... Stay strong.....

    March 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Lou

    Some of you lames think you are rap professionals because you went to youtube and listened to a few tracks! Man I spent a lifetime following this great man and his art. If you dont know the culture or do not live the life that doesnt mean you need to be disrespectful and resent the music because of your own music prejudices. Some of you will never understand one word or never understand the message. You think you hear the word gun and its automatically negative, your just too damn shallow to hear the message! This man is a legandary artist whos message was always positive. He paved the way for many others after him. These young kids these days mostly have music that is about diamonds, guns, drugs, and money which holds no lyrical weight. This dude always had his thinking cap on. Real will always recognize real. That being said my prayers go out to him and his fam, we are all pulling for you Bald Head Slick....Hip-Hop needs good people like you, you are what the culture is lacking. Much love......

    March 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  86. J Ro

    Kelly Marie,

    Thou his music may not relate to you. There are numerous people that grew up listening to GURU and have made something of themselves. It is people like you that categorize and stereotype people because they feel bad about their one lives. Instead of insulting start influencing.

    Get Well Soon GURU!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Delph12

    Some of these comments are very our of place and based in complete ignorance of this man's work. The group name Gangstarr is a misnomer, this was not a Gangster Rap group, it was a conscious hip hop duo. GURU did not promote or perpetuate crime and violence. He did speak on those themes in some of his lyrics, but not from the 1st person perspective of glorifying the act, but as an observer of street life, and most of his lyrics were written to detract from this lifestyle. Listen to Carry the Weight or Manifest. You're missing the point. Frankly, it appears to me quite a few people are chiming in here simply to decry the negative aspects of some artists in hip hop and generalizing them to the entire artist base without a complete view of the genre and have no idea what they're talking about, and are taking a couple lyrics out of their intended context to vilify GURU. It really saddens me. You don't see people decrying Johnny Cash or David Bowie for what Marilyn Manson may happen to say in his lyrics, but all hip hop is judged by it's lowest common denominator. It's pathetic. Listen to some Talib Kweli, The Roots or A Tribe Called Quest and expand your understanding before you spout off on something you're unfamiliar with.

    Get Well Guru. Mass Appeal will be bumping in the ride on the way home from work. People who actually listened to your music appreciate the message you promoted (in it's proper context).

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    March 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Craig

    Marlon, your an idiot!! get well GURU..

    March 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Marlon

    lando go fuc# your self fool go back to the homelands and get an education, eminem is an icon..also learn how to speak english ebonics don't work in this country

    March 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Tracy M.Davis

    I send my Prayers First 2 family&friends.I must say i am devastated with faith hoping GURU pulls through like he belongs n my family.I really respect GU during his time n the Hip-Hop spotlight.I love his swag he made it cool 2 b serious about being sharp n the streets.I cant stop shaking my head wow what about ya health .

    March 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Rich

    Who cares? Rap is crap!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Dr. Turi

    Get better my friend...best wishes to you...
    Dr. Turi

    March 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  93. CheBravo

    Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal (GURU) We're pulling for you brotha. Get well soon.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  94. DJ

    May Guru be blessed with a speedy recovery. But for cnn and the rest of the people( who are obviously smok'n some really good $hIT) proclaiming him as a "Pioneer" of hip-hop don't know anything!

    Hip-hop/Rap did not start, nor did it become popular in the 1990's. We were rock'n to the "real" pioneers in the late 70's and early 80's. GrandMaster Flash, Cool DJ Herk, Kurtis Blow, Africa Bambata, Spoonie G, Treacherous 3, UTFo and the list goes on & on. All this "Gangsta" gangland B.S. is calif based corporate sabotage and bastardization of the medium that was "CREATED" as a complete 180 degree denouncement, an outlet, an alternative and escape FROM thug life and senseless violence. (Check out the movies "Krush Groove" and "Break'n". There is no comparison of artists today with the real deal that started it all.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Max.deciBels

    To GURU,
    You've been an inspiration since I found Hip Hop and I wish you a speedy recovery. Regardless of if you ever make another record I hope you get to live out a full life. If you do pull through and record again I can't wait for the knowledge you drop regarding this experience. Thanks for the music Gangstarr!!
    Guru and Primo = true artists, what Hip Hop is really all about.

    To Music4life,
    I respect the fact that you went to look up Some Gangstarr music before you commented. I feel like you may have found the wrong stuff, or maybe coincidentally picked some of the more hardcore songs. Guru made adult music for adults so the foul language is nothing to talk about. Listen to songs from Moment of Truth and you'll really see that he was not a crime-glorifying gangsta rapper.
    I know Hip Hop Music is not for everybody but Gangstarr is truly an example of great music that reaches those who understand where the message is coming from and intended to go.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  96. ed thompson

    My prayers goes to you Guru, I like your music. Get well soon, the almight is with you.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  97. http://twitter.com/CharlesDreamz

    Wake Up Son! Praying4U...

    March 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  98. John S

    Never heard of 'em. So he must not be that good. Obie Trice is a riot, that's why he's hired.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Mike Johnson

    Is 43 his age or name?

    Either way I could not help myself by commenting.

    WHO CARES?

    In a coma is the best place for rappers to show the world what real tallent they posses.

    I love the silence comming from this man except the once in a while ping from the heart monitor.

    Maybe he can create a rap song out of it.

    Steal an excellent 80's song and remix.

    Our house, in the middle, middle ....PING....of the street.....Ping...
    Yea, yea, yea....PING....suck my ####.

    he can sing it with his pants below his waist and showing his boxers.

    I CARE LESS ABOUT THIS IDIOT!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  100. afroman

    man i'm high

    March 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Rafael

    God bless.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Cohort

    He gets
    Props like Norm Peterson...

    If you are unfamiliar, please do a search on your favorite Video/ Music website for "Gang Starr". Play something from "Daily Operation".

    We all should play something from Daily Operation!

    We should say prayers, for him to say versus to...
    we know he likes it, and takes it personal.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Jill Johnson

    Best energy from the Universe to you!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Twinko

    Hey, who took my Twinkies??

    March 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Kelly Marie

    From a human standpoint I hope he recovers quickly and completely...but why is another so called " Hip Hop Pioneer", wow what an oxymoron...again so obsessed with the gang, gangstar, gang starr, mentality...please get off it. How much of a positive force can he be if he's one of the rappers that perpetuate the cycle of pointless chatter?? Spread something positive...instead of Gang Starrz or whatever...inspire kids to be doctors, scientists, teachers, ...something with substance instead of that same old head in the clouds rap crap. And I am, sorry but after reading some of these comments I can tell who the "fans" of his music must be!! HORRIBLE spelling and grammar and obviously no exposure to anything past their front stoop...

    March 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Chris

    Prayers are with you Guru. You're so important to the Hip Hop community! Thanks for everything you've contributed and looking forward to many more years of your work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Kele

    Brotha GURU – get well and may peace and blessings be onto you!!! We're all waiting on you and will be here when you wake.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Kelly Marie

    From a human standpoint I hope he recovers quickly and completely...but why is another so called " Hip Hop Pioneer", wow what an oxymoron...again so obsessed with the gang, gangstar, gang starr, mentality...please get off it. How much of a positive force can he be if he's one of the rappers that perpetuate the cycle of pointless chatter?? Spread something positive...instead of Gang Starrz or whatever...inspire kids to be doctors, scientists, teachers, ...something with substance instead of that same old head in the clouds rap crap. And I a, sorry but after reading some of these comments I can tell who the "fans" of his music must be!! HORRIBLE spelling and grammar and obviously not exposure to anything past their front stoop...

    March 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Akbar Vanterpool

    My prayers go out to my brother, Guru/Keith Elam. As a fan and as a man, he is in deed one of the greats to ever to put it down. Countless hits and memories I remember through my college years and after. Get well and may the most high bring you through this storm.

    Peace my brother

    March 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Chuck

    I really do wish him well, but Rap still sucks big time.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  111. KKK

    YAY!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  112. NC05QueDawg

    You and I are the past c'est la vie, much respect girl
    but now you're my ex-girl & I'm out with the next girl
    out...

    March 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  113. B Diggles

    Rasta Guru beep beep Ja peace. WHAAAT?

    March 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  114. RGT from the Extra F/X (Boston Old School)

    Keithy Elam ....the Guru.... from Boston....

    This is RGT from one of Boston's orignal rap groups.

    We are pulling for you man.

    Get well soon!...

    March 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  115. maria

    Guru,
    I still play your joints. You have indelibly left your mark on hip hop, I love you bro.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  116. NC05QueDawg

    You and I are the past c'est la vie, much respect girl
    but now you're my ex-girl & I'm out with the next girl
    out...

    March 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  117. MastaFunk

    Anyone who don't know this music is suffering a loss, this is what "rap" was supposed to be, not the crap that is out today. Anything Jazz based is true 2 form. Guru, my thoughts contain you, Peace to your family//Funk

    March 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  118. J

    For whoever wrote a negative comment on this story, my God be with you.

    Whether one likes rap or not, a man's life is in grave jeopardy!! Remember, someone we know might have the same fate as Guru.

    Guru, no matter what happens, you are still in God's hands. That is one of the best places you can be at right now. I offer my thoughts and prayers to your family too!!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  119. bSpencer

    Old skool needs you. Get well soon GURU – GIFTED UPLIFTED RHYMES UNIVERSAL

    March 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  120. johnny rotten

    who the heck is this guy no one i spoke to has ever heard of him or his group....

    March 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Burnson

    Be Strong and come on back. You are the definition of RAP. GOD Bless and your in my prayers.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  122. kitaka

    stay strong bro!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  123. BB

    Gang Starr...when rap was rap and not all this BS. I hope he gets well soon.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Tupac

    Someone in a coma cannot read your get well wishes dorks. Save the bandwidth on the Internet.

    That's like saying, Tupac, rise and come forth.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  125. pedro

    don't know'em, don't care. cnn please find some real neews to promote. ty.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  126. lefthook

    'fake mcs they aways act hard but dont walk the streets without their bodyguards' get well soon

    March 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Shan Williams

    brother brought a lot to the game. Praying for you GURU

    March 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Hurricane9QUE

    Man I was just listening to the "Solioquoy of Chaos" and remembering back to the 90's with D.W.Y.C.K....my prayers are with you G-Star on a speedy recovery and a healthy return back to the hip-hop....

    March 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  129. creed

    take two and pass. GURU you are the greatest! Get Well!!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Kendrick

    Get well soon Guru...

    March 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  131. forever in a day

    it always happen to the good ones, get well "GURU" we need you back

    March 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Lando

    Dear Mr Marlon,

    If you were to ask Eminem, he Himself would tell you the same. He is not even in the same class as GURU. GURU is an Eclectic Hip Hop Lyricst Innovator. You talk like your all knowing but you know nothing. That Comment alone, that he couldnt hold Eminems Jock is direspectful if you are truely " Hip Hop". So go listen to some "Men In Me" Sorry I mean Em I nEm go die your hair and be hateful chump. Probably never heard of Afrika Bambatta and what he did for Hip Hop so I wont begin your Hip Hop Lesson or KRS One. Slim Shady Better than him too I bet or better than all Diggin the Crates Crew. Do you know who that is. Some Kool G Rap or OC. Nobody Beats the Biz. Okay There is your response and not from the source you thought. Hip Hop Still Loves you Marlon. Hey do you know who Marley Marl is LOL, bet Not.

    Lando, Go ILLLLLLLL Baby Par

    March 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  133. AJ

    Too young for a heart attack...I hope drugs weren't involved...it would ruin everything he stands for. Hopefully, some lost tapes comes out of this so we can stop hearing today's gay rap!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  134. pockets

    The religious nutbars will tell you that god is calling him home he needs another 'angel' up there. Like the 200.000 he called home in Haiti. The guy has heart problems, I hope he does well.

    I do not like hip hop , actually I don't consider it music at all.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Brother John of Dallas

    Guru came on the scene and, along with Rakim of Eric B and Rakim fame, made that smooth, cool vocal style of hip hop cool. My prayers are with you.

    March 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Kevin L. Jackson

    Guru was one of the best. Pioneer for sure. He didnt use all those fake beats made up in a studio. He was real. A true meaning of a hip hop artist. Get well Baller!

    March 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  137. k.No

    We rocked it at Prairie View A & M (The Yard) back in 87" Gang Star...true, sincere, funkie rhymes! Trust God, you will come through...

    March 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Rozco

    Thoughts and prayers to Guru.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  139. David Jones

    Man, I remember Guru and DJ premier from the ninties. I really liked his songs. I really hope that he gets well and recovers. Get well soon Guru.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  140. thehoopsforum

    Get well soon bro... God Bless.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  141. L. jack

    In 1988 I was a college DJ and Gangstar's record company sent me a promotional "No More Mr. Nice Guy." Their first album. And I've been a fan of Guru and Premier every since. Dam... I hope that brother pulls through and will be alright. May Allah bless you bro.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  142. BartonFunk

    One of the GREATS! Best wishes! Get Better!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  143. jim

    CNN sucks BIG TIME !!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Kyle

    WHO?

    March 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Eriq B

    Guru

    My prayers are with you bruh for you've always held a special place in my life since you penned the words to "Manifest" and while you shared your many thoughts regarding bringing jazz and hip hop together while riding the #4 iron horse. Pull through Bruh for you have many more lives to bless....PEACE GOD

    March 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  146. rap is garbage

    who?

    March 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Calvin

    OH, yah, watched the video. He drops an F-Bomb in before he takes his first breath in it. SOrry, its not uplifitng. Prayers are with him, but this is not good music.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Kimberly Jefferson

    Omg this dude has truly put the stamp on hip hop and this is way to soon for him to depart this earth he is in my prayers!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  149. gbolahan olusanya

    You rookies haven't done enuff laps around the track,you got one hot single but your album sound wack.Soon as you rappers get a chance you wanna floss alot,you buy iced out watch because it cost alot.Love those punchlines,get well Guru

    March 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  150. SNookers dj Frumpy nupples

    Snap yo....Guru you was da shnizzle mcdamscle. mchizze. Your smack crackle pop beats changed da flow of dem beats for ever sucka pants!

    Snnokers dj frumpy nupples will never forget all dem times we spoke lyrical frumptions on dem tru funk beats.

    Every body in the house wave your hands in the air and waivem like you just dont care.......wuz up!!

    Guru in a coma, just outside tacoma, someone dont ya knoWA, dem tru funky beats HaLOA!!! Dams my lyrics are sick...pickle pants!!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Nafeesah

    One of the best lyricist/writer hip-hop has ever seen. If you have not heard anything by Guru/ Gangg Starr do yourself a favor & get familiar!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Camilla

    Prayers to Guru from Sweden!
    He´s one of the TRUE hiphop-legends.
    Get better now, and continue your great work of art!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Amir

    Keith my man, get well brother! I havent seen you in many years but we go back and I know your spirit is strong. I am wishing for a full and speedy recovery dog.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  154. turd ferguson

    Guru is one of the greats in hip hop. He didn't have to rap about guns, cars and clothes to get his point across he was just talented. My prayers go out to him and his family.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Dre

    It saddens me to hear GURU in the hospital from a fateful heart attack. Get well soon, for those of you who are uneducated and think that all that GURU talked about were guns and drugs, you need to really listen to what the man spoke on before passing judgement. With production laid by DJ Premier and his smooth vocals, it was like butter, his solo Jazzmatazz projects even better, collaborating with great jazz musician, fusing hip-hop and jazz together...was magnificent!!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Dano

    God is Universal, he is the Ruler Universal for those who can't follow that spells GURU when in my circle.....that tells you the type of person he is, a talented artist and great person!! Thoughts and prayers with you man!!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  157. thugsgurl

    I'm from Poland and I pray for you .
    Guru is my favourite mc ...
    Get well.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  158. rmd

    get well soon, guru. your beautiful music has healed so many of us. i wish you a healthy recovery!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  159. mbrown

    wow...figures the rapper who flows about living life and being heathy gets this...meanwhile, those other guys–well, nevermind.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Brian

    Brother Guru,

    Get better soon! A huge fan and will continue to be a huge fan! We need some more hits bro, so get better soon!!!

    Peace and Love,

    B-Money

    March 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Marlon

    March 1st, 2010 4:15 pm ET

    March 1st, 2010 3:46 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Mike , Guru can't hold Eminem Jock as far as talent...Eminem is the real deal
    what's the holdup? This was sent now 40 minutes ago..this site is sucks

    March 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Willblaze

    If you want to experience REAL hip-hop that features uplifting, intelligent, positive rhymes (With no Autotune) along with the some of the finest beat production ever go out and cop one of any the Gangstarr LP's or just get the "Full Clip" Greatest hits double CD. Don't leave us yet Guru, hip-hop still needs you!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Greg

    Don't take it personal

    March 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  164. tf

    we're ready for Gangstarr - come back Guru – blessings

    March 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Larz

    Don't know who is his as I'm not a big rap fan, but I wish for the best for him, his family and friends. You hate to hear of any young person have to go through.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  166. MattL

    The Guru is a genius. It would be very sad to lose him. Get better soon.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  167. my name

    dude i hope you get better soon man people are really hopin so get better

    March 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Alex

    Guru, our prayers are with you!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Xavier

    Hey Daniel wats up son

    March 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Hip Hop

    Get better fast pioneer! GANG STARR for all time. I grew up on that sound! They seperated real hip hop and pop themes. BIGG UPPS Guru we need you.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  171. sheila T Jordan

    My brotha..king..Guru..thats contains a brew,,flows witha angle of substance..swings ..like a caravan..lingers 2 Burbon street jazz..with
    an entourage of hip-hop..calamity..the cross over..composer..writer
    u melt the mic..grand master..supreme being.. makes a body cringe
    while loving ur spiritual instincts..love for ur child..a leader from stage..
    may ur heart b repaired..seek in twilight a miracle from..GOD..minding
    delirious sleep ur under..wake up .soljah..thers more for u to do..cypher"the circle of HIP-HOP..SURROUNDS ..U..I wish u well..healthiness, shalom...C..sheila

    March 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  172. evan

    Damn...Prayers are with you and family Guru! You gave me great music the least I can do is pray for you!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Mass Appeal

    Best wishes Guru Gang Starr FOREVER

    March 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Marlon

    March 1st, 2010 3:46 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Mike , Guru can't hold Eminem Jock as far as talent...Eminem is the real deal
    what's the holdup? This was sent now 30 minutes ago..this site is horrible

    March 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  175. don't care

    don't like the music, don't care

    March 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Spencer

    Clips are inserted into my gun, so I can take the money never have to run....
    Best Wishes Guru. Your couple of raps sons from the 90's shaped the music I've listened to ever since. You're a legend buddy.
    Alive or dead.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Johnny Baltimore

    Gifted Unlimited Rhymms Universal... Its mostly the voice we need back. Get well soon GURU.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Shawn B

    "Lyrically def and connecting complete mic wrecking" Pull through brother. You were one of the best in my book...

    March 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Marlon

    March 1st, 2010 3:56 pm ET

    March 1st, 2010 3:46 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Mike , Guru can't hold Eminem Jock as far as talent...Eminem is the real deal
    what's the holdup? This was sent 20 minutes ago..this site is horrible

    March 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  180. TJ

    Get Well soon..My prayers are with you and your family.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Catherine

    We are praying for you. Hope Faith .

    March 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Valerie

    Wow! I hope he pulls through! I get a smile on my face whenever I listen to "Ex to the Next Girl." He is a class act.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Tru fan

    I get more props and stunts then Bruce Willis.....

    March 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Schreen

    You are in my prayers.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Joel

    Man this guy is true hip hop. Its sad to hear this news. I hope he can recover from this soon.

    God Bless!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Big Rich

    Gang Starr was tight. Much love, thoughts and prayers to you RU

    March 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Tru fan

    Gell well soon Guru. If not you'll be above the clouds. For the haters, take a look at yourself. If you don't know those two classics then do the knowledge!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  188. LIVE SET

    check out 90.3 WRIU TODAY from 3-6pm...tune in online at http://www.wriu.org/listen.html .!! UNDERGROUND SOUND! WE WILL BE DOING A SPECIAL SET IN HONOR OF GURU

    March 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Marlon

    March 1st, 2010 3:46 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Mike , Guru can't hold Eminem Jock as far as talent...Eminem is the real deal
    what's the holdup?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  190. jose

    attract healing, receive healing-AMEN

    March 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Daniel

    Get better

    March 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Anthony

    Gangstarr one of the best yet! Get well!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  193. brian

    that sucks. guru is the man. positive message, great guy. i hope he makes it.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Jim, Naples Florida

    God Bless and a speedy recovery... smooth sailing to a smooth jazz operator!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  195. DGreenz

    Godspeed recovery Guru! Our prayers are with you!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Proc

    One of the greatest MCs of all-time. Get well soon, Baldhead Slick.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Jason

    Funny that people use this thread to vent about what is bad about rap when this fellow right here was the embodiment of everything against that.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Marlon

    Mike , Guru can't hold Eminem Jock as far as talent...Eminem is the real deal

    March 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Crutch

    A true pioneer of hip hop music!! Best wishes. Will be playing Gangstar tonight in your honor!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Lisa

    This man is an amazing talent and innovator, you HAVE to pull through Guru! To those of you who don't understand hip hop culture, you may be better off keeping your mouths closed. This man is someones father, son, brother, friend... not to mention to many an ICON! Just because you don't prefer hip hop music (commercial rap not hip hop is probably what most of you are familiar with) does not give you the right to disrespect someone who has fallen ill. Show some class!

    We love you Guru and Primo!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  201. monique

    may the good lord bless your soul!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  202. storm

    Please get back to us. God Bless.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Wally J

    Who-ru?

    March 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  204. SNAPPA

    Don't know the gentleman but I wish him a good recovery...

    March 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Mike

    Guru is what real hip hop represents, not this garbage you hear on radio stations. He's a very talented individual, and appears to be very well educated through the lyrics he puts out. Hope the dude doesn't die, and recovers.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Brandi

    I pray for a speedy recovery. Godspeed.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  207. TheVoice

    "Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is" Guru

    March 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Snoski Rock

    Wish Keith-E a.k.a. Guru only the best, and thank him for many years of inspiration...Always turning out quality material..Get well soon!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Duane.

    I like Guru and Gang Starr a lot, made some very good music. I own two of their CDs and a lot of music on my mp3 player. But the first sentence is completely wrong - he was and is not a "pioneer of rap." That sentence sounds like it was written by someone who knows nothing about hip-hop. Gang Starr hit it big in 1989, not exactly qualifying them to be pioneers when hip-hop starting gaining fame in 1979.

    Beyond that... best wishes to Guru (Keith Elam)... hope he can get well as possible soon.

    :du.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  210. cool j

    Guru is one of all time favorite mcs.He always made you think long and hard with his lyrics.His songs related to social,issues,love,violence,God.I feel so blessed to have grown up in a area when Rap was not a mindless music.Like it or not it had a message.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  211. bigmarc

    I love Gang Starr. One of the dopest MC and DJ duos of all time. Moment of Truth was actually the first album I ever purchased with my own money. I hope he pulls through. God Bless

    March 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  212. TKin2

    Jazzmatazz.....Truely great blend of jazz music and hip hop....this white guys favorite hip hop CD.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  213. King of KII

    wow this one hits hard one of the greatest and most influencial leaders of Hip Hop is in a Coma... get better soon

    March 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  214. adam bauer

    Guru, you are one of the best rappers and lyricists ever, get well soon

    March 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Anon

    The pinnacle of Hip Hop. Guru and Premo elevated the game in the 80s and the 90s, as oppose to 99% of garbage on radio today.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  216. tinaye hove

    Damn, here was me hoping him and DJ Prem would be dropping another one..................................I don't man, all i can say is if he goes at least he wasn't shot but i'm praying he comes back with even more word of wisdom while DJ Prem drops more hot beats

    March 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Steverino

    Already miss him. Nobody used the 'N' word with more conviction.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  218. D-Roc

    From the old schoolers to the new school artists Guru and Premier laid down beats that you can remember and relate to no matter who you are or where you are. From one old school hip-hop head to my brother GURU please get well. The hip-hop nation would never be the same without you. God Bless.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Antwoine from the A.V.E.

    Get well brother Guru... consciousness in rap pioneer.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Mut

    Wow! Get well soon Guru.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Mike in NJ

    Peace, sir, and well wishes to you.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Sienna Diamond

    I saw Gangstarr years ago at the North Sea Jazz Festival and was so impressed that I purchased everything I could from Gangstarr.
    I hope Guru gets well soon.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Michelle

    SOOO YOUNG, I hope for his families sake he pulls out of of his coma.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  224. AlisaReshea

    you know how you meet someone that leaves a lasting impression?

    I was fortunate to meet Keith about 3 years ago at a BET Awards event.
    Everyone that had worked with me left and i was making sure the venue was closed up.

    So here i am, 1am walking down Highland to my car.

    Keith and his friend pulled up and asked if i was ok. We had briefly spoken inside the club so he was aware we were leaving the same place.

    Keith got out of the truck and walked me to my car while his friend tailed us in the truck.

    I was touched that he would have that much care and thought for my well being.

    When i got to my car he gave me a hug and said, 'stay blessed sis'..

    so finding out about his heart attack started this ache in me that won't go away

    i'm praying for your health and strength

    KISSEZ

    March 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  225. 56cbr600rr

    prayers sent. both great guys. I met dj premiere years ago, he told me to call him Primo; he said that's what his friends called him.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  226. b dot

    hope he doesn't go above the clouds just yet

    March 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Al Hood

    Man I'm heartbroken over this one. Since early-on in my discovery of music, I revered Guru for his monotone flow. IMHO he's one of the best to ever do it. Gang Starr fans have been waiting for new material, but I'd just be happy if he makes a full recovery. I hope Keith pulls through. First James Brown, then Michael Jackson... This is too much.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Justin

    When I saw the headline I was sort of hoping this was about gucci mane.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Eddie B.

    Guru was a pioneer of a smooth soul rap. He also did some great fusion work with jazz artists with his jazzmatazz. A true genious. I hope and pray he pulls out of this.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  230. NYC REPUB

    Guru get well soon.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Nem

    Damn. Get better soon Guru

    March 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Marlon

    Get well even though I don't know you..peace

    March 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Bones

    Gifted
    Unlimited
    Rhymes
    Universal

    Get well GURU!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Marlon

    Who is Guru..? Gang Starr how dumb!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  235. David

    I do not know you and have never heard of you. However I am praying for you and your family.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  236. tina

    Guru kept it real, my prayers go out to you and your family. I hope you pull through.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  237. vext

    "Don't be quick to judge, you may not know the hardships people don't speak of..." Gangstarr, one of the best hip hop groups. Bald-head slick, one of the best lyricists ever. Get better Guru!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  238. m from den

    GET WELL AND GOD BLESS GURU!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Khadijah

    Prayer changes things...

    March 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Retired Army in San Antonio

    I'd noticed over the last several years that G.U.R.U. had gained a bit of weight. Like most Americans, it looked like he wasn't doing that great a job of taking care of himself.

    GWS!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Mrs. Callahan

    What is going on in this world? In the last year or two, so many young are having heart attacks and is seems so severe that they are going in comas, and or just not making it. Very strange.

    Praying for a miralce, and For the family my prayers are with you .

    March 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Chuck Diesel

    Get well Guru! No time to play, baby...

    March 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  243. cm0226

    I chant eenie meenie, minie moe
    I wreck da mic like a pimp pimps hoes
    Here's how it goes I am a genius I mean this
    I shake this you'll take this
    I'm kinda fiendish
    You wish that you could come into my neighborhood
    Meaning my mental state
    Still I'm 5 foot 8
    Crazy as I wanna be
    Cause I make it orderly
    You could say I'm sorta da boss so get lost
    The brotha dat will make you change opinions
    Dominions I'm in them when it's time to kick shit from
    The heart, plus I get a piece of the action
    I'm feelin satisfaction from the street crowd reaction
    Chumps pull guns when they feel afraid, too late
    When they dip in the kick they get sprayed
    Lemonade was a popular drink and in still is
    I get more props den stunts den Bruce Willis
    A poet like Langston Hughes and can't lose when I cruise
    Out on the expressway
    Leavin the Bodega I say "suave"
    Premier's got more beats den barns got hay
    Clips are inserted into my gun
    So I can take the money, neva have ta run

    March 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Sheliah Johnson

    Upon your return Keith, your music and songs will have new words and meaning...your testimony and musical recovery...should be filled with positive "notes" of life, liberty and the importance of truth. Simply...tell it!

    Please get well soon.....

    March 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Jerry Parsons

    This news is terrible big Gangstarr fan here. I was just listening to Mass Appeal today also have all of there records. Just get better thats all I ask for.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Star

    I get more props and stunts than Bruce Willis
    A poet like Langston Hughes that can't lose
    As I cruise, out on the expressway, leavin the bogega I say Sauve.

    Gangstarr's beats and rhymes are no joke. One of Kings during the glory days of rap.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  247. onlyonemiles

    I wish Guru all the best and hope he recovers soon. I also grew up listening to "GangStarr" and they were a great balance and alternative to the Gangster Hip-Hop that dominated much of 90's and the 2000's.

    Those of you that criticize him for his use of the "N" word and his rap on urban hood lifestyle and behavior, should listen to "Just to get a Rep' or "Take it Personal", he has a message, if you can read between the lines and interpret the his lyrics. Many of you that criticize, have no idea of the urban challenges of those less fortunate. Dare I say those that criticize, are the same that support ultra conservatives, hmmmm??

    Guru is among those like KRS-One, Rakim, Public Enemy & X-Clan. As we use to say in the early, early 90's, he was just "Kicking Knowledge". Knowledge comes in many forms, even rap!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  248. reese geez

    get better fam. You and premo are legends in the game. Get healthy. Bout to knock some step in da arena

    March 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  249. A.Garcia

    Prayers go out to one of the key pioneers in hip hop (not the stereo typical nonsense ) Gangstarr's (Guru and DJ Premier )music is what the most talented musician's, producer's writers get their genius from.
    check out the link (parental advisory on the lyrics)

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4riCUJ3l6Lk&w=640&h=390]

    March 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  250. yaboyla

    @music4life:

    It's entertainment. Matt Damon, Gerald Butler, etc; they act out killing people in their movies. Guru raps about the same thing. It's entertainment.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Wayne Wade

    I remember when we used to hang out by my apartment on Jane Street in Greenwich village...Me, Keith(guru)K.G.(Cold Crush Brothers), Robyn,Inga, Christine, Sheena, Gary.....thats when Keith first signed with Wild Pitch Records...we had the best of times then...going downstairs to Payday(the club downstairs from our apartment)and walking over to The World to party...since then, Keith has gone on to leave his legacy as part of the hip-hop foundation. From myself, Robyn(we are still together Keith!), and everybody here at Island Palm records that did not have the privilege to know you,we pray for continued blessings that God has given you...and for your full recovery...God Bless.......

    March 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Darius (DA Architect)

    Peace to you brotha, you are in our prayers.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  253. the man

    Like this is news!
    Maybe this could be the beginning of the end for this crap called rap

    March 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  254. JeffD

    GURU you can make it! Pull through!!!
    Gang Starr is the best

    March 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Charles

    Get well Guru. Jazzmatazz was an instant classic. We're praying for you and your family. Get better, come back, and give us more.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  256. JusticeDivine79

    A thousand prayers family....I was just listening to the best of premier today......life is truly fleeting.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Tim

    May God bless you.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Christian

    My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family, G-Ru....you were one the first who 'came to a fork in the road and went straight...', a true 'renegade'. Get well soon.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Cheshire1974

    Guru hang in there man I wish you a speedy recovery. Thanks for turning me on to some great music over the years and blessing us with your incredible talent. I'm going to pull out the Daily Operation CD now!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  260. John Pappanikou

    All wishes to a full recovery Guru.. the gifted, prolific one.. get well

    March 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  261. bob

    Its only rap who cares.....

    March 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Bobaroo

    Who?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Aww

    So sad

    March 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  264. tony e from the bean

    every one must meet their moment of truth......... guru

    March 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Shon

    Think he had a Mass appeal heart attack....lol...j/k. I should "watch what you say'n"...get it?...lol.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Cassandra

    Say it aint so!! You are in my prayers, and this to shall pass.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Trash

    Who?

    March 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  268. bob west

    Prayers to you man. Just rest and wake up and be ok.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Eric

    get well! your music defined my teenage years. hip hop needs more positive music like Guru.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Torrey

    Man, Guru gotta pull through, Two of the biggest hip hop bangers ever. I gotta go listen to Mass Appeal and Just to Get a Rep now.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  271. GlamourgirlGwen

    Prayers UP for you and your family brotha in Christ! LOVE YOU FOR LIFE!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Marie

    You are the best at what you do!! My prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you and be with you until you recover.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Cole

    Guru best wishes....your albums are my lifetime storybook.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Reality Speaks

    D*mn, some shocking news. Honest to god, I was just listening to the 'Moment Of Truth' LP not 2 days ago. Was kind of feeling frustrated with things, (actually played the title track thrice), and that album always helps give me strength when things don't look quite so hot...my prayers are with you Seventh Letter Man...

    March 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  275. DJ B.i.d.

    I remember the first album..wow.. very innovative.. get well soon. Our prayers are with you and the family.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Myron

    Hang in there, Guru. Gangstarr forever.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Nrml_Guy

    Get well get well soon we wish you to get well.

    PS – RAp sucks the big one

    March 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  278. D.R.Universal

    GURU = Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal

    GET BETTER SOON!! Grew up on your music!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  279. johnathan

    "Nobody's invincible, no plan is foolproof. We all must meet our moment of truth"
    -Gangstarr

    Get better soon

    March 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  280. CHI-Town's finest

    God bless Guru. You are in my prayers Brother

    March 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  281. www.FaithPowerMinistries.com

    Man this is so sad.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Crystal

    OOOOOOO i love you Guru you are in my prayers i just wont u to know i am here

    March 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Rob

    A true legend that would be sorely missed if he does not pull through.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  284. shaolinstyle

    I am praying for your to pull through Guru. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family and friends. God bless you Guru and your family

    March 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Gerard

    Guru's Jazzmatazz was on of my fisrt cd's and was the soundtrack to my freshman year experience in NYC. I am wishing you only the best and praying for a fast receovery.

    Stay strong Guru,

    G

    March 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Ernesto

    I've got Gangstarr all over my ipod. Socially concious and intelligent. This is what real rappers should aspire to be. Get Well Soon. Peace.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  287. JessOne

    I'm so saddened by this news. I grew up listening to Gang Starr. It really makes you realize that you have to injoy your ilfe and live. Guru and DJ Premier have had such a profound impact in Hip Hop. I will keep him in my prayers.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Underground

    Lando Its.. Gifted, Unlimited, Rhymes Universal..

    Much love for Guru.. even though his most recent sounds are a bit poplike.. he is definitely an inspiration back in the day.. much love to you and your family.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  289. music4life

    I never heard of this song writer. So I went to Youtube and looked up his songs to see why so many people had poured their love out towards him and his music. Every song I clicked used the 'n' word every other sentence, all he did was talk about killing people "I don't care about you, I just inflict pain to take you out of the game" was a indirect quote. His other lyrics glamorized gats/guns and killing people, yes, I hate that anyone suffers tragedy, but do we need his music? That would be a resounding NO. If he would use his talent to sing about the sad parts of living on the street maybe then would his music be needed; rather then talking about himself and how cool he is for killing people.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Mountbyte

    Please get well!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Debbie

    FAR too young for a heart attack! I don't know the music and don't much care for most rap anyway, but I certainly hope for a full recovery.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  292. kiki

    prayers go out 2 u hope u get well soon god bles

    March 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Dan

    My favorite hip-hop artist, and like the article says: a pioneer no doubt. Hoping he's back on his feet again soon!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Lee

    Back in college I would listen to Gangstarr casette tapes until the words would start to wear off the cassette. God Bless, Guru and his family

    March 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Squirrel

    Remembering when Keith was in Boston and started Gangstar Posse with smitty before going to New York and doing his solo record and dropping the posse from his crew. I pray for my brothers health and salvation. I pray that he is saved and has accepted Jesus as his lord and savior. Tomorrow is not promised to noone but eternal life is offered to us all. My prayers are with his family and loved ones and may God keep a hedge of protection around Keith that he may use this as a testimony for someone else to be saved God Bless u all.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Iresha

    I pray that you make it through this all and wellI am loving all the positive wishes I am seeing from fans and those who do not know of you and your music. Get well Guru

    March 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  297. d1120

    Rap....Karma.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Shannon

    Oh wow, a pionner, an innovator and has always had SOMETHING to say! I pray hip hop does not lose one of it's most socially conscious fore-fathers.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Gravitas

    We are praying for you Guru. Love you always. Stay strong my man.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  300. GEEKS

    From the GEEKS, get well soon Guru. GANGSTAR!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  301. alaa abdelnaby

    I like how whoever wrote this story just copied/pasted a sentence from the Guru Wikipedia entry.
    Jazzmatazz, though good, was about the 30th most-significant thing Guru contributed to the music community. Don't be disturbed by the name, Gangstarr was an intelligent, socially-conscious alternative to the gansta rap of the times. This is coming from a white, midwestern physician, and when my kids ask me about the music of the 90s I'll be glad to put on some "Take it Personal."
    Get Well.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  302. Quillos

    Again, another example of the futility of finding real news on CNN (Certainly Not News). Way to keep us all informed!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  303. teelee

    Hold your head up pa! u wuz the shyte back n da day and still are. Reppin N.Y. all day!!!!! Hold it down and keep pullin through. Ur fans love and miss u and your music.

    COME BACK!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  304. J.Crobuzon

    "Rapper in a Coma" should be someone's album title.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Brooklyn Finest

    WOW! I heard about this when I arrived at work this morning. From freestyling in the parks to starting my own production company, Guru is and always will be a pioneer. Right now, my heart is heavy while Gang Starr's music plays in my head. I'll keep Guru and his family in my prayers and I wouldn't have it anyother way, it's "The Code of The Streets".
    God Bless

    March 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  306. morrissey

    guru in a coma, i know, i know it's serious.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Stephen

    Rapper in a coma. I know...I know, it's serious.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Dee

    I don't know of this man but my prayers are with this musician and his family. May God use the medical staff as His instruments to repair what needs to be repaired and breathe complete health into this man and may all draw closer to Him and give Him the Glory and Praise- appreciation.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  309. C-Tiddy

    Clearly one of the legends in the hip hop game along with DJ Premiere, I really hope he recovers.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Marilyn Levy

    Prayers for your complete and speedy recovery. Your music is so
    appreciated and needed here.

    Much Love,

    Marilyn

    March 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Vendetta

    One of the greatest emcees to touch a mic! The Hiphop community is pullin for GURU! He's a fighter... no dought!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Nate

    I saw him live in KC 2 years ago with the Jazzmatazz crew and it was incredible. Guru is a beacon in a sometimes cluttered hip-hop community. All the best.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Catherine Holveck

    So many, so fast...hope you get better...God love you

    March 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Chris

    Get better man! You have a lot to live for.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  315. J Jones

    When Hip Hop was lost you were a savior. Be well. Love and Light.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  316. George

    At age 10 me and Guru went to church together as kids, even then he was serious about life, Love you little brother

    March 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Nathalie with an H

    Sending positive healing vibes to Guru. A great conscient artist. Hip-Hop and music need you. Push on through Guru!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  318. nolan lacy

    All i can say is mass apeal,pull trew guru the rap game needs you.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Rita

    I hope that you can recover. God Bless you and your family.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  320. MichaelDean

    This breaks my heart. GURU is a phenomenon. Highly intelligent, positive, and articulate. He and Premiere made some of my favorite music ever. So much depth to their work. I hope he's home soon and that he'll quickly recover/rehabilitate from the condition that lead to the heart attack.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  321. DAVID ONEAL

    I knew "Kiethie" when he lived in Roxbury, Mass.
    It's saddens me to know that he is poor health.
    My prayers go out to his family for his speedy recovery!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Five Deez

    One of my favs, A true innovator and inspiration for past, present and future hip hop fans/artists/business people. Anyone truly invested in the art form known as hip hop is heartbroken by this latest development. GURU you and your family are in my prayers, get well soon

    March 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  323. MJJM

    Who??

    March 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  324. SP

    Guru, we are all pulling for you buddy. May you have the strength to get through this. You are a true legend of hip-hop.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Malanne

    Guru
    Our prayers are with you and your family
    PEACE

    March 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  326. DJ Roomba

    This could've all been avoided if Ellen had never joined Idol.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Knuckz

    Scary when you see a 43 year old having a heart attack. All the best.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  328. remy

    I hope he has accepted Christ as his personal Savior.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Jking

    sending get well prayers to guru and his family, much love to gangstarr.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Stephanie

    God Bless you!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  331. J

    prayers are with you and family.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  332. Tru

    This sux!!! Hope you recover soon man. The hip-hop world will never be the same without your monotone style. You're definitely a pioneer...I've been listening to you and Premier forever. So all you young-uns out there, start listening to to Gangstarr and see what you've been missing. "You know my Steez!"

    March 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  333. JustBreathe

    So young to have a heart attack like this; it makes you appreciate how precious and fragile life is.

    Get well soon, Guru!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Whoa

    Wow. For those who aren't aware, along with his partner DJ Premier, he has been one of the most legendary, intelligent, and positive contributors to Hip-Hop EVER. He is also one of the earliest to innovate Hip-Hop collaborations with Jazz and Rock artists, due to his appreication for ALL forms of music.

    And for those who hate hip-hop for its commercialism, attitude, and ignorance, THIS is a true ARTIST who is actually on YOUR side. He has, at many times throughout his career, represented everything inspirational, poetic, and "right" about hip-hop.

    Hoping this is short-lived and he gets back to his family and his art ASAP.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Lando

    Gifted. Universal. Rhymes. Unlimited. My Man GOD Bless. It can happen to anyone as we can see Hip-Hop has to be Aware of Our health.

    Living on th edge does pay its Toll.
    One Love
    Lando

    March 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  336. cyberthugin4life

    Get better fam, we pulling for you, gangstar foundation

    March 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  337. upfromthesky

    get better man!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Oldschool

    Guru is one of Hip Hop legendary rapper who rap about positive message and uplifting stories and not the hardcore gangster rap that most people seem to think. I can assure you he is not one of those.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  339. LaBella

    GURU, pull through please you're not done with music yet!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Wendy

    Wow...I was just talking about this cat. I hope all the best for a speedy recovery!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  341. GH

    For those who aren't into hip hop, Guru was part of a group called Gangstarr. Based in New York, Gangstarr dropped some of the best lyrics, beats, production rap has ever seen.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  342. nikki

    You're in my prayers, Guru. I hope my favorite socially responsible hip-hopper will pull through....

    March 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Kevin

    Get well GURU, your fans and people that dont even know you are pulling for you man..

    March 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  344. mg

    My prayers are with you and your family.
    Get better Soon:)

    March 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Tec

    Guru, Get well soon. He is the pioneer of smooth Jazz and Rap. Get an album and it will surprise you all.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Angela Brown

    Keithy get better very soon! My prayers are with you!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Annis

    Best wishes . . . love your sound and distinctive vocals.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  348. bryan

    guru and premiere were the best.

    get better guru.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  349. who cares

    Get better soon. Rap is not my kind of music, and I don't know you, but good wishes coming your way....

    March 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |

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