Rapper Guru of Gangstarr dies of cancer

Posted Apr 20, 2010 by Gordon K. Chan
Influential rapper known as Guru has lost the battle to myeloma at age 43. He was known for his stylistic delivery of intellectual rap, combined the musicality of jazz with hard beats of hip-hop.
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"One of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all time" has lost his life to cancer, says Guru's producer, Solar.
The rapper was diagnosed with myeloma, a form of cancer that affects white blood cells.
Guru, whose real name is Keith Elam, began his journey in the hip-hop world in 1989 when he partnered with DJ Premier to form the rap duo known as Gangstarr.
Originally from Boston, and later moving to New York, he attended Morehouse College and held a degree in business management. His claim to fame was for the creation top-selling experimental hip hop albums such as Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 and Moment of Truth.
Singles that became widely popular were "Words I Manifest", "Dwyck", and "Take it Personal".
Guru wrote a letter before his death saying, "I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting".