Published Jul 26, 2010When Gang Starr rapper Guru passed away last April, there was much drama surrounding his death and the way in which his public image was being handled. Now, there's continued controversy, as Guru's Gang Starr partner, DJ Premier, has lashed out at mainstream hip-hop media for not giving proper homage and respect to the influential Guru.
As fansite the DJ Premier Blog points out [via The Daily Swarm], the producer has written a half-page rant including bits about the media's sad neglect of Guru's postmortem, the rappers/publications that did give props, and a new collaboration between Premier and Fat Joe that pays homage to the Gang Starr rapper.
The full rant, unedited and in its original all-caps glory, is below:
THIS JOINT WAS MADE THE DAY THE GREAT GURU OF GANG STARR RETURNED TO THE ESSENCE ON APRIL 19, 2010.....IT'S SAD THAT ALL OF THE SO-CALLED HIP HOP MAGAZINES DID NOT GIVE HIM A WELL DESERVED COVER WHEN MOST MC'S OUT NOW CANNOT CONSTRUCT RHYMES, FLOWS AND UNIQUENESS AND ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTIONS LIKE HE DID FOR 22 YEARS REPRESENTING THE CULTURE......WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING WHAT THE INDUSTRY DOES TO PAY HOMAGE AND RESPECT TO OUR LEADERS OF THIS RAP SHIT.....I WILL NEVER FORGET IT AND THERE IS NO EXCUSE.......B.E.T. DID THE SAME THING BY REMOVING HIS SHOUT OUT FROM THE 2010 AWARDS DUE TO TIME ISSUES......THAT SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH THEY USE YOU AND THEN THEY SHIT DOWN YOUR THROAT.....ALL I DO KNOW IS THIS : WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN TO BE REMEMBERED, WE WON'T FORGET ABOUT YOU........WE GIVE RESPECT WHERE IT'S DUE..... BIG UP TO SWAY OF MTV AND THE LEGENDARY WAKE UP SHOW FOR GIVING COVERAGE PROPERLY AND SHOUTS OUT TO PETER ROSENBERG, CIPHA SOUNDS, FUNKMASTER FLEX, DJ MISTER CEE, TONY TOUCH, KAY SLAY, GRANDMASTER FLASH, ED LOVER, STATIK SELEKTAH, LORD SEAR, PETE ROCK, ELLIOTT WILSON, MISS INFO, GREEN LANTERN TO NAME A FEW FOR SHOWING LOVE ON TIME.....
BIG UP TO FAT JOE FOR ENDING HIS LP WITH THIS OUTRO JOINT FROM HIS NEW LP "THE DARKSIDE VOL. 1″
IN STORES JULY 27, 2010.......
The track by Premier and Fat Joe is "I'm Gone (Outro)," and is available for download from Live from Headqcourterz here.
A Guru tribute site, which Premier continually points to in other statements, is here.