Producer Solar, best known for his work with the late Guru, has kept a low profile since being scrutinized by fans and the hip-hop industry following the Gangstarr emcee’s passing.
However, he’s planning to return.
Solar recently revealed to AllHipHop.com that he’ll be hitting the road with a newly formed Jazzmatazz band, inspired the series of albums released by Guru of the same title. So far, it is comprised of himself, and members of Living Colour.
“Nothing like a pro-filled jazz-ed band live. Add in a horn section, percussion, rappers, guest artists and you got a killer concert,” Solar said. “It’s a music and culture mix — a concert like no other. I also get to honor Guru — just by getting Jazzmatazz back on tour.”
In the months following Guru’s death in April 2010, Solar came under public fire by not only industry peers — after being accused of releasing phony press releases on behalf of the hip-hop legend — but also various members of the late rapper’s family, who claimed he had barred them from seeing Guru in the hospital and were keeping them in the dark about his condition.
In speaking to AllHipHop recently, he explained why he disappeared from the public eye since then.
“It took me a long time to pick up the pieces — make decisions. … Losing Guru was a lot to deal with, but now I know I can move on,” said Solar.
“With Jazzmatazz’ 20th anniversary next year, Guru just might be smiling over the fact we will be playing out live again,” he continued.
With the re-launch of Jazzmatazz, Solar hopes to “rekindle the pride” he felt in collaborating with Guru in the series, and also hopes that fans will accept him carrying on the legacy.
“Jazzmatazz was Guru’s at first, but when I joined, Jazzmatazz became our pride and joy,” he said. “I hope to rekindle that pride, that joy and by doing touring, I’m carrying on Guru’s legacy. I think it is a fitting tribute to my brother from another mother and to the fans who have been wondering about Jazzmatazz since his passing.”