Marco Polo - G.U.R.U. (ft. Talib Kweli & DJ Premier)
Without exaggeration, this is my favorite eulogy hip-hop song ever. The production is phenomenal, as I would expect from Marco Polo, my favorite Canadian producer. Everyone on this track obviously went all out. Cost isn’t a factor when you’re making the song for your fans just as much as you’re making it for own piece of mind and your lost friend. I didn’t realize Talib Kweli and Guru had such a history, and Talib’s potent story telling delivers on all fronts. Guru died on this day (April 19) exactly 3 years ago at the age of 48 from Cancer. He was a king of the golden era, and consistently delivered sharp and well thought out lyrics over DJ Premier’s classic beats while they were Gang Starr. My you forever rhyme in pace and rest in beats.
My Song Rating: 9.8 out of 10
Ha, obviously I love Gang Starr. My favorite song by them is Full Clip. Really though, Guru’s death made me sadder than any other artist’s passing. I was randomly playing a lot of his music the week he died, so it caught me that much more off guard.
"They say it’s lonely at the top, in whatever you do
You always gotta watch motherfuckers around you
Nobody’s invincible, no plan is foolproof
We all must meet our moment of truth”
Gangstarr - Full Clip
A true hip-hop classic. Rhyme In Peace Guru.
Gang Starr - Full Clip
When it comes to true hip-hop, it’s hard to beat Gang Starr. Guru and DJ Premier made many timeless classics together, this being my favorite of them. Their musical chemistry was truly exceptional. Guru’s sharp and organic delivery worked beautifully with DJ Premier’s refined production style. Their songs possess a fundamental energy and bounce that often leaves listeners bobbing their heads, wondering why stuff like this isn’t still played on the radio. This song is off of their compilation album Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr. R.I.P. Guru.
My Song Rating: 9.75 out of 10