Since Guru’s death earlier this week, his business partner release a letter, supposedly written by Guru, along with news of his battle with cancer.
Since the controversial letter’s release, the rapper’s family has released a statement claiming he has been in a coma ever since mid-February, discrediting the alleged “final” letter.
If you’re not up to speed, in the released letter, Guru allegedly made the statement that any future dealings his name, likeness, or tributes should be coordinated strictly through Solar … and even stated that his “ex-DJ” (DJ Premier) has been barred from being associated with his name.
This caused a stir in the hip-hop world. It garnered skeptisism by both fans and Guru’s industry peers, who questioned its authenticity. Solar, however, claims the words came directly from the late rapper, and not him, as many believe.
Guru’s former rap partner DJ Premier, who released six albums under the group name Gangstarr, released an official statement.
Below is the letter in its entirety:
IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR ME TO GET CONFIRMATION ON THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL MY BROTHER, KEITH ELAM, BETTER KNOWN AS GURU OF THE LEGENDARY GANG STARR.
FROM 1988-2004, WE EXPERIENCED SO MUCH SUCCESS TOGETHER THAT WE WERE ABLE TO EXPAND OUR BUSINESSES INDEPENDENTLY AND GIVE EACH OTHER WHAT GURU CALLED “CREATIVE SPACE”, BEFORE PLANNING TO REUNITE FOR OUR 7TH LP WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT. TRAGICALLY, WE WILL NEVER REACH THAT DAY.
I’VE BEEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON A LETTER SPEAKING ILL OF ME WHICH WAS SUPPOSEDLY WRITTEN BY GURU IN HIS DYING DAYS. ALL I WILL SAY ABOUT IT IS THAT OUR TIME TOGETHER WAS BEAUTIFUL, WE BUILT A HIP HOP LEGACY TOGETHER, AND NO ONE CAN RE-WRITE HISTORY OR TAKE AWAY MY LOVE FOR HIM. ONE THING I WOULD NEVER DO IS PLAY AROUND WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS LIFE.
I WILL CELEBRATE GURU’S LIFE … I WILL HONOR HIS MEMORY … I WILL GRIEVE WITH THE ELAM FAMILY OVER HIS UNTIMELY DEATH … I WILL REMEMBER THE GANG STARR FOUNDATION AND ALL OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF GANG STARR WHO CAME BEFORE ME – WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER … MOSTLY, I WILL CHERISH EVERYTHING WE CREATED TOGETHER AS GANG STARR, FOREVER. I’M GONNA MISS HEARING HIS SIGNATURE MONOTONE VOICE WHEN HE WALKS IN THE ROOM, BUT THE SONGS WILL ALWAYS BRING IT BACK TO ME ….HIS RHYME FLOWS WERE INSANE, AND I WILL NEVER REMOVE HIM FROM MY HEART AND SOUL … ….REST IN PEACE TO THE MAN WHO FELT “SATISFACTION FROM THE STREET CROWD REACTION” … I LOVE YOU GOO … ….DJ PREMIER