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Yo! PR Releases Statement About Guru's Condition - UPDATED

Our original story from Sunday night about his heart attack and coma is HERE.

From Yo! PR:

Yo! Promotions officially confirms the rumors that our client and friend Guru, legendary MC and founder of the world famous Hip-Hop group GangStarr, has suffered a heart attack over the weekend in New York City.

Hit producer and Guru's longtime partner Solar released a statement that reads, "Guru is struggling with a serious health issue. We, the whole 7 Grand Records family, appreciate all your love and well wishes. We continue to hold out hope that Guru will make a full recovery from this. We ask that his privacy on this matter will be respected. Again, thank you for all your support through this trying time."

During what must be an incredibly hard and stressful time, Yo! Promotions send prayers, thoughts, and wishes to the Elam family, frequent collaborators and producer Solar as well as fans.

Guru, whose real name is Keith Elam, rose to fame in the 80's as one of the founders of the legendary rap group GangStarr. Together with DJ Premier they released the classic single "Words I Manifest" followed by their critically acclaimed debut album "No More Mr. Nice Guy" (1989) and the classic album "Step In The Arena" (1991). Guru was the first artist to truly blend Hip-Hop with Live Jazz beginning in 1993, and seeing the vast influences his "Jazzmatazz" concept has had on the industry, it is clear that Guru's musical contributions have been way ahead of their time. Despite the fact that Guru isn't hailing from New York, he is noted as a pioneer of the New York sound and true lyrical Hip-Hop. Guru later on joined forces with hit producer Solar and formed his label 7 Grand Records with the goal to keep "real" Hip-Hop alive.

As one of the best kept secrets in Hip-Hop and music history, as an innovator and royal luminary of Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop/Jazz, Guru aka "Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal" worked with such great artists as Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Donald Byrd, Ramsey Lewis, Roy Ayers, Chaka Kahn, Branford Marsalis, David Sanborn, Bob James, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common, Angie Stone, Jamiroquai, Macy Gray and Damien Marley, to name a few.

Most recently, Guru released his latest solo album titled "Lost And Found" in May 2009 featuring the singles "Divine Rule", "Fast Lane", and "Best Of My Years". Last week, the legendary MC offered his first solo Hip-Hop album "Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures" (2005) for free download to the masses which shows how he appreciates his worldwide fans.

Dan-e-o's "Last Minute" Short Film Trailer #2

From Dan-e-o:

"Last Minute" Short Film Trailer #2

"Last Minute" is the new short film in HD from Dan-e-o's "Dilla Pickles"
album/mixtape. Set for release March 3, 2010, "Last Minute" is directed by
Kev Major and edited by XCON of Late Night Shooters.

The film stars Dan-e-o, Conwell, Melanie Leduc, Stacey Armstrong and the
beautiful Jas Seron in a gripping story about love, lust, betrayal and

This is the second official trailer for the "Last Minute" short film:

Here is the first official "Last Minute" trailer in HD:

Voiceover for both trailers by Andrew Kishino.

"Dilla Pickles" - the official 2 in 1 album/mixtape in tribute to
legendary producer/rapper J Dilla - Dan-e-o's first-ever completely FREE
digital download project is out now!

Download "Dilla Pickles" FREE right HERE:

Also out now..."Break It Down":

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Oddy Gato - Because Normal is Boring

Most emcees like to brag, but not Albany’s Oddy Gato. “Hip-hop is not just a guy grabbing a mic and saying I'm the best, I’m the best,” he explains, “it’s about other people saying ‘this motherfucker is really good.’” Over the years quite a few people have been saying Oddy Gato is really good. His goal, which he says should be the goal of every artist, is to make listeners question what is going on. “A real artist’s job is to step outside the norms of society, of the dominant culture, to challenge everything, and to challenge people to see things in a different light.” Living by that ideology it should come as no surprise that Oddy Gato once performed with Immortal Technique at a Free Mumia concert in Philadelphia. He also recorded in J-Live’s home studio with both J-Live and Rashawn Ross, a trumpeter and arranger who tours with Dave Matthews Band.

Backed by producer Lo-Fi LOBO and DJ TRUMASTR, Oddy Gato is extremely pleased with the work he and his team are creating, even going as far as saying “if anybody has a problem with the music that we’re making, not only am I nice with the microphone, I have the hand sills of a vicious puma.” This week I risked the possibility of incurring the wrath of Oddy Gato when I caught up with him to ask him about his music, why he feels it’s better to be odd, and the reasons why he loves calling Albany home.

Read the full interview at:

Guru From GangStarr in a Coma - UPDATED

8:45 PM CST. Details are sketchy at present but we'll give you all that we know. The Philaflava blog was the first to break this news: "If anyone has info about this please let us know. We’re told his sister Tricia said he is currently in a coma after suffering from cardiac arrest. Our prayers go out to Keith Elam and his family." After that ?uestlove from The Roots put it on blast on Twitter, though from his reaction one would think he's hoping it's not true. The HipHopWired website put it up as well, but they're unable to confirm it: "According to many different sources, Hip-Hop Wired has acquired information that rapper Guru has fallen into a coma after suffering cardiac arrrest. Details right now remain very slim, but sources have stated that the news was broken by Guru’s sister." Our thoughts and prayers are with Keith Elam and his family. Stay tuned to RR for further updates.

UPDATE at 10:20 PM CST from ?uestlove on Twitter: "Primo confirmed on Sirius Radio that Guru had heart attack & is in a coma and will undergo surgery tomorrow."

Audio: CityBoy x DJ Khaled x DJ Nasty x Drake "I'm About Business"

From Jessie Maguire:

CityBoy has stepped out of the shadows of Chicago’s thriving music scene and all too dangerous streets to establish him self as a international artist and entrepreneur while staying true to the streets that raised him.

Born and raised in and around the trap houses of Chicago’s infamous Humbolt Park/Logan Square CityBoy’s was exposed to the business of selling drugs from birth. Both of his parents were well known dealers and CityBoy spent most of his early life surrounded by drug dealings, murders, and guns, which led to him living a life that most people could only begin to imagine. Although he was surrounded by the drama of the streets CityBoy found an outlet for his frustrations in music, which he developed a passion for while hustling in the streets. A born businessman it was only right that CityBoy would enter into the business side of music before becoming an artist forming his own record label C.O.R. Records or Crack Or Rap Records. When asked why he named his record label this, CityBoy simply replied, “that’s the choice I have to make, either I’m going to succeed at creating this music or its back to hustling crack.” CityBoy took inspiration for from artists like Tupac, NWA, Eazy, E, Baby of Cash Money, and T.i. all of which he claims turned the nothing they were given into something and found a way to turn their hustles into legitimate money.. Just look and see for yourself what CityBoy is all about,"BUSINESS"!!!

Download City Boy featuring Drake "I'm About Business" Dirty Version by clicking here
Download City Boy featuring Drake "I'm About Business" Clean Version by clicking here
Behind the Scenes of Stat Quo's "Success (Back to U)" video

From Greg at Big Hassle:

Check out behind the scenes footage from Stat Quo's upcoming music video 'Success (Back to U)', the first single off his Statlanta album, releasing May 4th on Big Dream Ventures. The album is executive produced by Sha Money XL.  The music video was shot in Atlanta last month and will debut next week.  In the meantime, please check out this behind the scenes footage.


A behind the scenes look at Stat Quo's video for "Success" from Stat Quo on Vimeo.

Audio: Neak - "Film School"

From Mulatto Patriot Productions:

What up my peoples. Thanks to all those who showed love to "Make it". The Next Blast for  Neak's "84 Vol. 2 (The Silent Fiasco)" coming out March 2nd presented by  - is "Film School" Produced by Mulatto Patriot. "Film School" is a smooth chill joint where Neak lyrically describes his life in the eye of the camera. 

Download Neak "Film School" Prod Mulatto Patriot (Clean/320) 

DJ Rob A - When They Reminisce Interview

From DJ Rob A:

DJ Rob A - When They Reminisce Interview

Sending this one out to a few of you that might want to read it. Hope you enjoy and pass it on.

Rob A

Devo Spice Update - 2/27/2010

From Devo Spice:

Devo Spice Update - 2/27/2010

Greetings everyone!

Just a quick update for now as I have to go bathe my minions... I mean children.

For the past few years I have been working in secret with Shoebox of Worm Quartet, The Great Luke Ski, and Chris Mezzolesta of Power Salad on some sketch comedy.  This new super group of sketch comedy is called Cirque du So What and last month we finally got together and recorded an album.   Since it took us so long to put out the album we decided to title it Procrastinators Of The Apocalypse.

This album is now available for pre-order over at (or if you can't spell that go to  If you pre-order now you will also receive a free bonus CD with additional sketches, out takes, and some additional content.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances the album will be available for sale at MarsCon.  If you pre-order and will be at MarsCon you can pick up the CD from me and I'll refund you the shipping on your order when I get back.

The first few tracks from the CD have now been released for public consumption.  First, over at The FuMP you can now download our intro track God Hates Comedy Musicians.

Second, last night on The Awful Show I called in to talk about the project and they played our track A F***ing Room.

And finally, members of The Spice Rack get another track in this month's episode of The Insider.

Well I have a ton of stuff to do to get ready for MarsCon, so I'd better get to it.  Hopefully I'll see a few of you at the con next weekend!  I can't friggin' wait!


Free Download: Elusive "District 2 District" Album Sampler

From Domination Recordings:

Free Download: Elusive "District 2 District" Album Sampler

Los Angeles, California based producer Elusive is no stranger to the underground hip hop scene. Making his debut production appearance on Eligh's (of the Living Legends) album in 1997. Elusive comes from the school of real music, being highly influenced from great producers like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, J Dilla as well as all kinds of music including jazz and soul music. A lot of his earlier releases featured California underground emcee's like Living Legends, Aceyalone, Myka 9, Jupiter & Peace from Freestyle Fellowship and Planet Asia. Now in 2010, Elusive teams up with Domination Recordings to release his latest production album titled "District 2 District" featuring Planet Asia, Royce Da 5'9, Main Flow, Casual, Gift of Gab, Prince Po, El Da Sensei, Omega Red, Ricky General, Whosane, Naptron, Neb Luv, Lady G, Trenseta and Bruce Hathcock.

1. Intro feat. Bruce Hathcock
2. District 2 District feat. Planet Asia and Ricky General
3. What Yall Chasing feat. Royce da 5'9, Naptron and Bruce Hathcock
4. Too Many feat. Casual
5. Whats Poppin feat. Whosane
6. To the Top feat. Main Flow and Omega Red
7. Danger feat. Trenseta
8. What It Do feat. Prince Po
9. Clapped Up feat. Naptron and C France
10. Green Berets feat. Planet Asia
11. Rhyme Games feat. Gift of Gab and Whosane
12. Gangsters feat. Killah Priest, Ras Kass and Ricky General
13. Paper Chasin feat. Neb Luv and Naptron
14. Last Bar feat. Planet Asia
15. My Swag feat. Lady G and Whosane
16. Bomb Hard feat. El da Sensei
17. On Lock feat. Main Flow and Whosane
18. Change the Game feat. Naptron and C France
19. Cold With It feat. Lady G and Trenseta

Free Download: "District 2 District" Album Sampler


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