Guru (Rapper)

Guru ( born July 17, 1961 Keith Edward Elam in Boston, Massachusetts, † April 19, 2010 in New York City ) was an American rapper. The name Guru stands for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal.


Keith Edward Elam was born in 1961 as son of the first African-American judge in Boston. Elam known, as are many hip hop musician to the teachings of the organization The Nation of Gods and Earths.

Guru was best known as one half of the hip hop duo Gang Starr, but also made ​​with his Jazzmatazz series, a combination of jazz and hip -hop, talked about. For the various Jazzmatazz albums he worked with, among others, Donald Byrd, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Macy Gray, MC Solaar, N'Dea Davenport, Roy Ayers, Kelis and Branford Marsalis. In addition, he also took over smaller film roles and contributed the voice for 8- ball from the video game Grand Theft Auto III at.

On February 28, 2010 Guru suffered a heart attack. Later it became known that Guru had been in hospital since the February 2, 2010, but only about his best friend and producing partner had informed Solar. In addition, Guru transferred all rights to decisions affecting their health, to solar.

Guru died on 19 April 2010 from the effects of cancer.


Hans Nieswandt wrote in an obituary to guru for The World, the rapper was reason for the increasing recognition of rap music on the part of the feuilleton in the 1980s. Hip- hop music, which previously consisted of youthful rebellion and party music, was " intellectually respectable " and reached a seriousness that could not be achieved later. In addition to the texts, the significance of the musical approach of Guru, of hip hop combined with jazz, highlighted.



  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories 2005 8-Ball
  • Kung Faux 2003 as a voice Over / Various
  • Urban Massacre 2002 Cereal Killah
  • Grand Theft Auto III in 2001 as 8-Ball
  • 3 A.M. 2001 Hook -off
  • Train Ride in 2000 as Jay
  • The Substitute 2: School's Out 1998 as Little as
  • Who's the Man? 1993 Martin Lorenzo