Rapper Guru Ends Battle With Cancer

Influential rapper Guru has finally ended his battle with cancer at the age of 43. Guru, who is known for his conscious and intellectual works, succumbed to the disease Monday. And now, a letter written by Guru is the only way to know his thoughts during his final days.

In it, he thanks Solar for his friendship, speaks about his son KC and his nonprofit cancer organization, Each One Counts. He also dismissed his relationship with Premier, saying, “I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name.”

“I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting,” the letter states.

Guru, who is Keith Elam in real life, was born near Boston and later moved to New York. His first album as a member of Gang Starr, “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” was released in 1989. They released more albums as a duo, including the gold-selling “Moment of Truth” in 1998.

The group’s first hit was “Words I Manifest,” which samples Miles Davis and Charlie Parker’s “A Night In Tunisia.” Other hits include “Dwyck,” “Just to Get a Rep” and “Take It Personal.”

Guru moved on as a solo artist in 1993, releasing “Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1,” which featured a blend of jazz melodies and hip-hop sounds. He released four volumes of the “Jazzmatazz” series. He attended Morehouse College.

Guru worked with top musicians including Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Chaka Kahn, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common, Jamiroquai, Macy Gray and Damian Marley.

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