R.I.P. to an absolute emcee. Guru is one of the greats and almost every head I know is a deep fan of his music. Although he and DJ Premier fell apart, their work together will serve as a blueprint for authenticity in hip hop. I am not at a loss for words over his death but I am mourning with all those who were hypnotized by his monotone flow. 43 years is way too young to expire but his legacy will remain far longer. I remember chillin' at S.O.B.s in the early nineties and Guru would be in the same crowd living hip hop with the rest of us. Above the clouds..
With a foreword by Kool G Rap and interviews with over 100 major MCs, HOW TO RAP: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC guides the reader through the artform of Rap in the words of the artists, giving an inside look behind their creative processes and techniques.
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Sat. April 24: GetGreen: South Bronx Earth Fest @ St. Mary's Park Boogie Down Bronx
12pm-4pm. FREE! All Ages! Feat. Hip Hop legends and pioneers: GrandMaster Caz. DJ Jazzy Jay and Carlos Mare 139 Rodriguez plus Global Man, the Environmental Mobile, Textile & E-Waste recyling drive, youth performances, eco-centered music contest and more! St. Mary's Park 146th St. & St. Ann's Ave, Bronx NY 10455. Rain or Shine! If it rains, come across the street to Betances Community Center 465 St. Ann's Ave.
Trains: 2 or 5 to 149th & 3rd Ave or 6 to Brook.
Buses: Bx 17 or 19 to St. Ann's or Bx 2 4 15 21 41 or 55 to 149th & 3rd.
Info: getgreensouthbronx.wordpress.com and facebook.com/GetGreenSouthBronxEarthFest
Thanks to TOOLS OF WAR for the heads up.