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

Keith Edward Elam (July 17th 1961 – April 19th 2010)

One year on from the passing of the rapper who was the voice of Gang Starr & Jazzmatazz, let’s take time out to remember his Hip Hop legacy. Guru’s single & album discography spanned over 20 years, here’s a list of the Gang Starr, Jazmatazz & solo albums.

Gang Starr album discography:
No More Mr. Nice Guy (1989)
Step In The Arena (1991)
Daily Operation (1992)
Hard to Earn (1994)
Moment Of Truth (1998)
The Ownerz (2003)

Guru abum discography:
Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1
Released: May 18, 1993
Billboard 200 chart position: #94
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #15
Singles: “Trust Me”, “Loungin'”, “No Time To Play” & “Le Bien, Le Mal”

Guru Presents Ill Kid Records
Released: 1995
Billboard 200 chart position: –

Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality
Released: July 18, 1995
Billboard 200 chart position: #71
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #16
Singles: “Watch What You Say” & “Livin’ In This World”

Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul
Released: September 26, 2000
Billboard 200 chart position: #32
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #8
Singles: “Keep Your Worries”, “Lift Your Fist”, “Certified” & “Supa Love”

Baldhead Slick & da Click
Released: September 25, 2001
Billboard 200 chart position: #122
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #22
Singles: “Where’s Our Money?!/In Here” & “Cry/Pimp Shit”

Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures
Released: May 10, 2005
Billboard 200 chart position: –
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #54
Singles: “Cave In”, “Step In The Arena 2” & “Hood Dreamin”

Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future
Released: June 5, 2007
Billboard 200 chart position: N/A
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #45
Singles: “State Of Clarity”

The Timebomb: Back To The Future Mixtape
Released: July 31, 2007
Billboard 200 chart position: –
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: –

The Best of Guru’s Jazzmatazz
Released: February 12, 2008
Billboard 200 chart position: –
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: –

Guru 8.0: Lost and Found
Released: May 19, 2009
Billboard 200 chart position: –
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: –
Singles: “Divine Rule”, “Fastlane”, “Ride”, “After Time & “No Gimmick Sh*t”

Inexplicably, Guru was not mentioned in the annual retrospective of musicians & artists who had died at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Nevertheless, the real Hip Hop community will remember the man by who his own judgment was “Hardcore, with my monotone style”.
(Rashad Unique)









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