Friday, April 23, 2010
"All The Way Turnt Up" - Janelle Monae Style from TatiKing on Vimeo.
I love this woman. Her music is amazing to me. I hope to do a record with her one day. Props go to my home girl Tatiana King.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I'm sure that you have all heard the story of the medical conditions that Gangstarr frontman Guru has been in the past few months. If you've heard about that, you have also heard about the controversy surrounding his "friend" Solar, a producer who has been working with him in the years where most hiphop fans didn't care too much about since DJ Premier wasn't around to put his signature sound to it. Not to discredit the effort, but it's pretty much mutual understanding. For those that don't know, Solar became the mystical Gatekeeper to anything involving Guru and blocked his entire family and friends from being in any contact with him to ask about his condition. Guru's nephew also tried to reach out online for an answer, but to no avail. On August 19th, 2010, Guru passed away due to cancer. Not long after, Solar released a death letter that he claims that Guru wrote for the fans and family.
What makes this letter extremely interesting is the idea that Guru keeps referring to Solar as the greatest thing since Pizza Hotpockets and that DJ Premier (or as stated "ex-DJ") is the alleged scumbag that can't be involved in any tributes, presentations, etc. that involve him. Dude can't even stand within 6 feet of a picture of Guru, according to this letter. These points, among other things, leave others within the music world (especially The Elams) questioning the authenticity of this, and strengthens the belief that it was Solar who wrote this himself. After all, Guru was reportedly in a coma since February 2010, and has never regained consciousness. Some even questioned just how close Solar was to Guru and why he's been so protective of him...
I believe that we can all look at this and come with our own opinions and thoughts on this one.
But alas, Rest In Peace to Guru. You will be missed and GANGSTARR will continue to live in our memory.