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Gang Starr’s Guru: Solar Power

Guru and Solar

It’s a long way to go when you don’t know where you’re going.

As the legendary rap duo Gang Starr, Guru (Keith Elam), along with producer DJ Premier (Chris Martin), helped to pioneer the sound for hip-hop’s early-’90s golden age. That sound, Gang Starr’s sound, wasn’t “influenced by” jazz, it didn’t “incorporate” jazz, it was jazz, and Guru’s rough-voiced slick staccato style over Primo’s grimy, swollen bass and reluctant snares gave rap music its definitive swing.

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