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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I've always wondered about that Jay-Z line in "Takeover" that calls out Nas for keeping his "tec on the dresser". To refresh your memory it goes "You scribbled in your notepad and created your life/I showed you your first tec on tour with Large Professor/(Me, that’s who!) Then I heard your album bout your tec on the dresser". Well the back story has been unearthed in a very dope Large Professor piece done for XXL back in 2002 (okay, so it was unearthed 8 years ago but I just caught wind of it recently).
Main Source soon set off on tour, along with the UMCs and Jaz. One particular night of that tour came up recently in the very public catfight between Jay-Z (then Jaz’s hypeman) and Nas (who rolled with Main Source). During a show in Washington D.C. the sound system cut out, forcing the artists to do the same. The angry crowd rushed the stage and chased the rappers back unto their tour bus.
“We were figuring we were gonna have to knuckle down,” explains LP of the incident, which Jay has used to attack Nas. “Jay came outta nowhere, reachin’ in his gym bag like, ‘Don’t even sweat these niggas. I got that.’ He didn’t show [Nas] the gun like, ‘I’m gonna shoot you,’ but we were all just like, ‘Whew!’”
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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Sunday, May 30, 2010
A while back we put a Nas demo tape up in the Rap Treats section which gave a pretty good look at a pre Illmatic Nas, but this one is much more comprehensive. Freestyles, demo's and never heard before records by an unsigned Nas. This isn't his demo tape, but it is a compilation of his earliest work.
2. 17 Years Old Freestylin
3. Freestyle - 1st Time On Stretch & Bob
4. Freestyle - 2nd Time On Stretch & Bob
5. Another Day In The Projects (Demo)
6. I'm A Villain (Demo) *Both Joints Would Become NY Stae of Mind
7. Freestyle - 3rd Time On Stretch & Bob
8. Freestyle - Wake Up Show
9. Memory Lane (Premo's Demo Mix)
10. Represent (Premo's Demo Mix)
11. Nas Will Prevail (Large Professor's "It Ain't Hard To Tell" Demo Mix)
12. Who's World Is This (Rough Draft From DJ Hollywood)
13. Lifes A Bitch (Rough Draft Studio Session)
14. Life Is Like A Dice Game (Demo)
15. True Dialect (Unreleased)
16. Understanding (Demo)
17. Wake Up Show (Promo)
18. 1994 Freestyle In The UK
19. Deja Vu (Demo) *Later to be Used on Verbal Intercourse
20. #1 With A Bullet (Unreleased)
21. On The Real (Original Marley Marl Demo Mix ft Cormega & Khamakazie)
22. Don't Hate Me Now (Unreleased)
23. Life Gone Low (Unreleased)
24. Tales From The Hood (Unreleased)
25. New York (Unreleased Hard 2 Earn Mix)
26. 2nd Coming (Unreleased)
27. Untitled Track (Produced By Premier)
28. High (Unreleased)
29. Nas Will Rock (Unreleased Produced By Pete Rock)
30. Surviving The Times
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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
Yesterday a letter from Guru was released by Solar (somebody let Bumpy Knuckles at this dude for a round or two). Everything about the letter seemed fishy. Today, Guru's family released this statement via DJ Premier.
The Elam family wishes to thank the fans of our son/brother/father uncle/nephew/cousin Keith aka GURU for the outpouring of love, concern and support. Our hearts are broken by the loss of someone we loved so much. GURU was devoted to his young son, who will most keenly feel his absence.
GURU suffered from multiple myeloma for over a year. Accrued complications from this illness led to respiratory failure and cardiac arrest. As a result, GURU was in a coma from mid February until his death and never regained consciousness. Early on the morning of April 19th, he became hypertensive due to low blood pressure. He again went into cardiac arrest and slipped away from us.
GURU died far too young but he was, and we are, proud of all his many legendary musical contributions.
The family is not aware of any foundations established by GURU. We know and understand that countless fans want to express their condolences and love and, to that end, we are planning a memorial event in the near future that will be all-inclusive. Please look for further details from the family as they become available.