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Born: July 17, 1966 | Died: April 19, 2010

Keith Elam (July 17, 1966[1] �” April 19, 2010) Better known by his stage name Guru, was an American emcee and member of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, along with DJ Premier. He was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The name Guru is a backronym that stands for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal and the less-often used God is Universal; he is the Ruler Universal, which are both references to the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths.

Early years

Keith Elam was born in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. His father, Harry, was a judge and his mother, Barbara, was the co-director of libraries in the Boston public school system. He attended Noble and Greenough in Dedham, Massachusetts for high school. [5] Elam graduated in business administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta[6] and took graduate classes in the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. He later dropped out to pursue a rap career. Elam worked briefly as a social worker.[5] [edit] Musical career

Keith Elam began his rap career under the pseudonym, MC Keithy E, but later changed name to Guru.[5] He founded Gang Starr in 1987. The group initially released three records on the Wild Pitch Records record label.While on Wild Pitch, DJ Mark the 45 King handled initial production.[6] After a change in line-up, the group now consisted of rapper Elam and DJ Premier, then releasing their first LP “No More Mr. Nice Guy” under the Wild Pitch moniker.; they achieved a sizable following and released six critically acclaimed and influential albums from 1989 to 2003.[5] Two albums, Moment of Truth (1998) and compilation Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr (1999) were certified gold in the United States by the RIAA.[5] Gang Starr made “archetypal East Coast rap” with Guru's rapping described as sharp eyed but anti-ostentatious.[5][6]

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