Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | 7:19am
SOUND OFF: Guru’s Farewell Letter Examined
A sad moment brings strange revalations.
I, like many hip hop fans, was saddened to hear that Guru had just passed away after a long battle with cancer. On his deathbed Guru’s wrote a letter explaining his final wishes as well as saying good bye to fans. It’s a sad and eary reading the letter knowing that it was some of the last words or a hip hop pioneer. However upon reading the letter again some things jumped out at me. Instead of explaining every oddity I’m going to post the entire letter below. The words are Guru’s but the emphasis is mine.
I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options.
I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.
My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody’s feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.
I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.
So a couple things jump out to me. Firstly, the extent and the way in which Guru talks about Solar. He’s basically talked about almost like a spouse instead of just a friend. He even goes as far as to leave his son to Solar. He goes on to talk so proudly of the music he did with Solar even though most fans felt it wasn’t nearly on the level of his previous work. According to Guru, it sounds like Solar was the most important person in his life by far. Personal and professional.
The other thing is how far Guru goes to distance himself from DJ Premier. Usually people are forgiving on their deathbed as most people do not want to take hate to the grave with them. Yet, Guru makes it a point to let the world know that even in death he wants nothing to do with Premier.
Since Guru has just passed away I want to treat this matter with as much respect as possible but it’s hard to with the strangeness of this letter. Basically it’s very difficult not to infer that Guru and Solar were in a relationship, it wasn’t Guru but Solo who wrote this letter or all of the above.
Sound Off Nation. What do you think?