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Back in April, Marco Polo paid homage to Guru by releasing this tribute track on the third anniversary of his passing. Today, he supplies visuals complete with throwback clips of Guru. This song will be included on Polo’s upcoming album PA2: The Director’s Cut, which can be pre-ordered HERE. Pay close attention to the timeless advice Guru gives at the video’s conclusion.

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It’s hard to believe that three years have passed since the death of Guru. Marco Polo continues his excellent legends series with a tribute helmed by Talib Kweli and scratches from who else but DJ Premier. Polo’s PA2: The Director’s Cut is set to drop in July via Soulspazm Records. If you’re feeling this, you can purchase the track here.

Tomorrow marks the three-year anniversary of the passing of the legendary G.U.R.U. of Gang Starr. I decided to this leak this record one day early to ensure DJ’s and everyone can have it ready for his anniversary and it can be played tomorrow. This is one of the most important records I’ve ever been a part of. Thank you to Talib Kweli and DJ Premier for being a part of this incredible record! We will also be premiering the “G.U.R.U.” video very soon (which is directed by Todd Angkasuwan) so stay tuned. Please help share this record and celebrate the life of an artist who influenced myself and so many others in Hip-Hop and music period! R.I.P. Keith Edward Elam aka G.U.R.U. (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal)!

 

In honor of the late Guru’s 50th birthday, Gang Starr Foundation DJ Premier and Big Shug linked for this dedication track “We Miss You.” Shug details his humble beginnings with Guru at Morehouse College to being amazed at Guru’s progression just a few years later with DJ Premier. Due to Guru’s untimely death, music represents the only way Shug and company can make amends for the estrangement they had with Guru in his final days. Thankfully, the song is not mired by a bunch of shots Guru’s final partner Solar.

BIG SHUG “WE MISS YOU (GURU 50TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE)” [PROD. BY DJ PREMIER]

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Last Friday (May 20) REKS was in Boston to peform at the 2011 Guru Tribute show. The good people over at Clockwork Music were kind enough to supply this footage of “This Or That,” “Self Titled” and “Drunken Nights.” Do yourself a favor at pick up REKS’ debut if you haven’t yet.

 

On the first anniversary of Guru’s death, it’s only right that Beats, Boxing & Mayhem pays tribute to arguably Gang Starr’s most celebrated song, “Mass Appeal.” The track itself is a time capsule. If you ever have trouble explaining to someone what mid-90’s East Coast Hip-Hop sounded like, simply play this song. Its effectiveness comes from its simplicity: hard drums and a mesmerizing loop that makes you instinctively nod your head. That loop goes back to 1980 and the hand of guitarist Vic Juris. His original composition is named “Horizon Drive,” a piece that would fit in well today on any “smooth jazz” station. For Hip-Hoppers, our exclamation moment begins at the 3:33 mark and lasts all of about two, maybe three seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIC JURIS “HORIZON DRIVE” (SAMPLE BEGINS 3:33 MARK)

Unfortunately, it appears that Juris himself isn’t appreciative of Primo’s sampling genius. On YouTube, he let his displeasure be known for what he sees as theft of his work.

“I wish YouTube would take this tune of mine down,” Juris fumed. “Maybe these thieves could have learned how to play an instrument.”

Of course, Hip-Hop fans tore into Juris for his comments. Some of the more choice ones are below.

“If the sample cleared, why are you complaining?…I’d be willing to bet that you made more off Primo’s 2 second sample than you did with this song.” -cawj7896

“Dude just mad ’cause more people talking about Primo on a video featuring his music.” – StrosB4Hos

“Funny how you want YouTube to take [it] down. Without it no one would ever get to hear it anymore…and good music would be lost forever…you should be happy that more people can enjoy it now… instead of [it] just faintly heard in [the] background [at the] irs office, hotels, weather channels and on hold.” -arlichar11

“Shut up and collect your royalty check.” – Truintell

“Keith struggled so much, because the lifestyle that was glorified, was not his lifestyle…”

Highly respected jazz saxophonist and bandleader Branford Marsalis has always hand a strong hand in Hip-Hop. Unlike his brother Wynton, who doesn’t even recognize Hip-Hop as a true art form, Branford’s work with Hip-Hop musicians goes back to his sax solo on Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.” His most famous contribution was linking with DJ Premier for two albums as Buckshot LeFonque, a group project that merged jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, rock, and pop. While admittedly closer with Premier, Marsalis speaks on what events he felt lead to Guru’s demise.

He also talks about the Musician’s Village he started with Harry Connick, Jr for New Orleans’ Hurricane Katrina survivors. A few years back, I got the chance to personally work on building some of the homes there.

The audio is at times difficult to hear due to the loud music in the background, but it’s still well worth the listen.

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The BET Hip Hop Awards 2010 is over and off to post-production editing. The annual Atlanta event draws most of the big names in urban music for a weekend of partying and networking. This was my second year covering the event for AllHipHop.com, so I knew to arrive very early. The city of Atlanta had other events like an important Atlanta Braves baseball game that added to the ridiculous amount of traffic. Luckily, BET improved this year by supplying a shuttle for media, since every street within a 2-3 block radius was blocked off.

The carpet opened promptly at 2:30 and lasted until close to 5PM. Early on things went smooth. Artists were escorted by their publicists one by one slowly across the line to speak with selected media outlets. But soon, the easygoing pace morphed into organized chaos as more artists and media arrived. Still, the BET volunteers and black carpet escorts were an immense help in getting interviews secured. Below are some of the interesting, and sometimes humorous quotes I got from some of the attendees.

The actual show airs on October 12 at 8PM. Be sure to check out www.allhiphop.com additional coverage of the show.

 LOLA “LUV” MUNROE

Best Cypher Peformer She’s Seen So Far: “I’d have to say Cory Gunz. That was a few years ago but he killed it.”

Next Project: “Being that I’m not going to rush an album, I’m going to give my fans an EP. I’ll definitely be working with different producers, even underground.”

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RAEKWON

On his return to form: “Now I’m where I need to be at. I’ve been in shape [lyrically] the last three years. Still a chubby gangster, though.”

Predicting Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Paquiao: “Wow, I’m riding with Floyd. I think Floyd is our Muhammad Ali of today.”

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DJ Greg Street and journalist Chloe Hilliard on the Upcoming BET’s Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century Show

Chloe: “What I said about Lil Wayne, you’ll have to see the whole thing. The teaser was to entice you.”

Greg Street: “She said Weezy was the greatest!”

Chloe: “I will not confirm nor deny that!”

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TONY NEAL, CORE DJS FOUNDER

On today’s DJ: “I think we get more respect. It started with the DJ, but we’re kind of being recognized for that [now]. With sales and everything, artists need as much help as possible, so it’s been taken back to the DJ.”

 

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Laws

Next mixtape: “I’m coming out with a dedication to Paul McCartney called Yesterday’s Future. So it’s a lot more ambitious than the last one.”

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YELAWOLF

Two albums in six months: “0-60 is coming out November 23, my first album for Interscope. After that, I’m going to be releasing an album in March [2011] called Radioactive.”

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WAKA FLOCKA FLAME

New album coming October 5: “Flockaveli on October 5,get it! [Buy] one for the car, one for the house, and one in plastic. Flockaveli is a classic!”

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THE NEW BOYZ

On new album in early 2011: “We don’t have to prove anything, but we want people to know what it really is. We’re going to keep working hard so people don’t think we’re just a jerk dance phase.”

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LLOYD

On his next album: “You’ve never heard music like this. You’ve never heard this side of me. It’s gonna be one of the best albums of 2010-2011. I guarantee it. You are the average of the five people you are around. When you add up my five people you get Polow Da Don, Stakeboard P, Timbaland, Jimmy Iovine and myself.”

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SOULJA BOY

On working with Kanye West: “I listend to the finished product and that really opened my mind. I don’t even want to say as a rapper, just as a musician. It really opens your mind to different sounds, drum kicks and all of that.”

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TERRY KENNEDY

Top 5 Dead Or Alive: “Jay-Z, Nas, Tupac, Biggie, and Kanye West.”

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ROSCOE DASH

Top 5 Dead Or Alive: “Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Ice Cube. I say that because they all played a role in inspiring artists to get out there and make something for themselves, and that you can achieve you dreams.”

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BIG BOI AND SON

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KANGOL KID OF UTFO

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PRINCESS

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TWISTA AND TRAXSTER

Emcees that kept him focused lyrically: ” That’s a good one, it was never really one person. It was different people like Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie, Tupac, and Outkast. Those type of artists that were hot from the perspective of doing their thing lyrically. Those guys kept me on my toes.”

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MERCEDES LADIES, FIRST FEMALE HIP HOP GROUP

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DJ DRAMA

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BONES BRIGANTE, 106 & PARK FREESTYLE CHAMPION

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TREY SONGZ

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YOUNG MONEY

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NELLY

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DIGGY SIMMONS

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MR. BOOMTOWN, DIRECTOR

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ELISE NEAL

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GUCCI MANE

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DJ PREMIER AND THE LATE GURU’S YOUNG SON