Legendary rapper Guru, best known as a member of the rap duo Gangstarr, reportedly suffered a heart attack recently and is currently in critical condition.
According to HipHopWired.com, the 43-year-old rapper (real name: Keith Elam) went into cardiac arrest sometime last month, and has since slipped into a coma.
Guru’s former partner, DJ Premier, was set to call into DJ Eclipse’s HipHopNation/Sirius show to speak on the rapper’s condition. But, several reports indicate that he decided to hold off.
HipHopWired, however, says the call did take place, and Premier revealed that Guru is set to undergo surgery Monday afternoon (March 1).
Further details regarding his condition are unknown.
The news of the rapper’s heart attack shocked many in the hip-hop community, who took to Twitter to express their reactions. Below are a few of their comments:
“When Worst Comes To Worst My Peoples Come First #PrayforGuru,” Dilate Peoples’ Evidence wrote (@MrEvidence).
“All my greatest positive energy and prayers going to Guru and family… please get well,” Jean Grae tweeted (@JeanGreasy).
“Praying 4 Guru…,” commented Slaughterhouse member, Royce Da 5’9 (@RoyceDaFive9).
“my prayers go out to guru, ((((((prayers, love, meditation)))))),” said Pharoahe Monch (@pharoahemonch).
As the sole MC for Gangstarr, with DJ Premier serving as the producer, Guru served as a pioneer for hip-hop/jazz crossovers. The duo released six studio LPs and two greatest collections. Many of their albums are considered hip-hop classics.
The pair’s latest album came in 2003 (The Ownerz, after the went their separate ways, calling the split a long break.
As of recent years, Guru began working with a new producer named Solar, launched his own label 7 Grand Records, and has released several new projects.
Guru will be in our prayers.