As most of you already know, Guru (born Keith Elam, aka, Gifted Universal Rhymes Unlimited) passed away after battling cardiac arrest, a coma, and ultimately succumbing to cancer on April 19.
Since hearing the news, I’d been scouring the interwebs for a respectable collection of Guru’s music to reflect on the talents and musical legacy of one of hip-hop’s pioneers. All of my Guru / Gangstarr collection is on cassette tapes that I’ve had since the early ’90s, so that really wasn’t any help to me.
Thankfully, I came across DJ Kut Presents Gangstarr – The Foundation Mix late last week. The mix is cleverly divided in to 5 parts: ‘the cement’, ‘the water’, ‘the sand’, ‘the dirt’, and ‘the gravel’ (get it? a foundation mix), each of which covers a set of timeless hits from Guru and that god-sent collabo known as Gangstarr – the group consisting of Guru and DJ Premier.
I can definitely tell that DJ Kut was excited about this particular mix – there’s quite a bit of yelling throughout. But once you get past that, I think you’ll agree that this is a solid collection of Guru and Gangstarr hits that will have you going back in time and reminiscing on when hip hop was… well, in its foundation stages.
Thanks to Twitter fam @fuseboxradio for sharing the link to the mixtape. Get yours: http://www.mixtapetorrent.com/dj-kut-gangstarr-the-foundation-mix
rest in power,