Filmaker Byron Hurt Releases Tribute to Guru-Never Before Seen Footage

Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues:

On Monday, April, 19, 2010, Hip-Hop lost one of its legendary rap artists, Guru. I was saddened to hear about his death. Guru was one of my favorite rappers, and the rap group he founded with DJ Premier, Gang Starr, was one of Hip-Hop’s iconic rap groups.

On March 26, 2003, I interviewed Gang Starr for my film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes on the set of his music video,“Rite Where U Stand,” in Brooklyn, NY. Click on the video image below to watch never seen before clips from that interview. This is my personal tribute to Keith Elam, better known worldwide as Guru. Thank you Johnalynn Holland for editing this tribute

I enjoyed meeting Guru and had the opportunity to interact with him on another occasion in New York City a few years ago. I found him to be a very approachable, intelligent, likeable guy. I thought you might be interested in reading this homage, “My brother, Gang Starr’s Guru,” written by Harry Elam, Jr. He has an interesting family background and life story.

R.I.P. Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal).


Byron Hurt

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2 comments on “Filmaker Byron Hurt Releases Tribute to Guru-Never Before Seen Footage

  1. Great to see this perspective of my man Guru, especially sitting next to premier. I don’t know about all that other b.s but though both these cats are very talented and would have probably seen success w/o each me..? they weren’t sh&t without each other. Still after Run D.M.C to me it was all about Gangstarr..It means alot to me.


  2. awesome, dave…thanks for posting all of these heartfelt tributes to a hip-hop legend. very important to remember Guru, even though he is just a footnote in the annals of mainstream media. he made a huge impact and contribution to hip-hop culture. He will be missed.

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