Guru Tribute

April 29, 2010

A week ago from last Tuesday (4/20) when I heard the news about Guru, I wrapped things up at work and immediately went home to dig in all my Guru-related material.  When it was all said and done, I had a crate full of Gang Starr LP’s and 12 inches, and original funk and soul samples used by Premier (Skull Snaps, etc.).  I was feeling like I needed to pay homage right then and there, so I hooked up the old tape-dubber, put a needle to a record, and went from there.

The end result is a full Guru tribute via tape, with about 40 minutes of Guru music per side (80 minutes total)…It actually turned out pretty good, so I gave it the official treatment (cover, etc.), and made some extra copies, which you can find at Groove Merchant Records in San Francisco.

They’re selling for $5 a piece, so let me know if you want a copy in the comments section, and we can take it from there…

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Who Dat (No Saints)

April 27, 2010

J.Cole: “Who Dat”

Newest track from one of the youngest in charge.  J.Cole has a nice flow and appears to actually like to make good (hip-hop) music.  Not mad at this at all…

More MC’s in the same vein as Fashawn, J.Cole, and (even) Drake is a good thing.  Do I sense a resurgence?

Via. NR.

Letter to GURU

April 21, 2010

From Gang Starr co-founder DJ Premier:

IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR ME TO GET CONFIRMATION ON THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL MY BROTHER, KEITH ELAM, BETTER KNOWN AS GURU OF THE LEGENDARY GANG STARR.

FROM 1988-2004, WE EXPERIENCED SO MUCH SUCCESS TOGETHER THAT WE WERE ABLE TO EXPAND OUR BUSINESSES INDEPENDENTLY AND GIVE EACH OTHER WHAT GURU CALLED “CREATIVE SPACE”, BEFORE PLANNING TO REUNITE FOR OUR 7TH LP WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT. TRAGICALLY, WE WILL NEVER REACH THAT DAY.

I’VE BEEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON A LETTER SPEAKING ILL OF ME WHICH WAS SUPPOSEDLY WRITTEN BY GURU IN HIS DYING DAYS. ALL I WILL SAY ABOUT IT IS THAT OUR TIME TOGETHER WAS BEAUTIFUL, WE BUILT A HIP HOP LEGACY TOGETHER, AND NO ONE CAN RE-WRITE HISTORY OR TAKE AWAY MY LOVE FOR HIM. ONE THING I WOULD NEVER DO IS PLAY AROUND WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS LIFE.

I WILL CELEBRATE GURU’S LIFE… I WILL HONOR HIS MEMORY… I WILL GRIEVE WITH THE ELAM FAMILY OVER HIS UNTIMELY DEATH… I WILL REMEMBER THE GANG STARR FOUNDATION AND ALL OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF GANG STARR WHO CAME BEFORE ME – WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER… MOSTLY, I WILL CHERISH EVERYTHING WE CREATED TOGETHER AS GANG STARR, FOREVER. I’M GONNA MISS HEARING HIS SIGNATURE MONOTONE VOICE WHEN HE WALKS IN THE ROOM, BUT THE SONGS WILL ALWAYS BRING IT BACK TO ME….HIS RHYME FLOWS WERE INSANE, AND I WILL NEVER REMOVE HIM FROM MY HEART AND SOUL…….REST IN PEACE TO THE MAN WHO FELT “SATISFACTION FROM THE STREET CROWD REACTION” … I LOVE YOU GOO…….DJ PREMIER

This just sucks…One of the greatest to ever do it passed away earlier today, after months of being in a coma.  It had been discovered later that he was suffering from cancer, which was the catalyst for his recent health issues.

Hip-hop just lost one of it’s brightest stars, responsible for countless classics as the famous Gang Starr lyricist.  I owe much of my love for rap music to the countless songs made by Guru & Premier,  so naturally this one hits home pretty hard.

Thank you GURU for all the classic material, and for helping push hip-hop into the stratosphere.  You will be missed by us all.

Dilla Joints

April 9, 2010

The Roots: Dilla Joints (mixtape)

The Roots recently dropped their official ode to James Yancey, with a new mixtape entitled Dilla Joints.  As you can guess, the whole thing is their own interpretation of his work, complete with efforts from the entire band.  Most tracks are a little more obscure, which makes this really sound like the authentic tribute they intended to make…Plus, we all know how deep ?uestlove’s Dilla crates are (unreleased too), so such a project makes all the sense in the world.

Download now!  Props 2DB’s.

After taking a quick trip to Manhattan last week, I finally made it to the infamous Frank 151 Chop Shop near Canal Street for a shave that I needed pretty badly.  I’ve never sat in the barber chair for a straight shave, but figured I had to do it while in New York.

Not only are the barbers mad cool, but the place is legit, and they have a dope playlist going at all times (KRS-One & The Chakachas for instance).  I came out of the shop feeling pretty fresh, had some good vinyl talk with the barbers, and grabbed a fitted “F” logo hat on my way out.

As I emphasized to the owner, a place like that would make a killing in San Francisco, and he confirmed that one might be in the works…Here’s hoping this happens, because I’ll be coming in for a clean-up on the regular.

Shout out to B & Mike for holding it down too..