The world of music has been dealt a bad hand these past couple of years to say the least.
Yet another sad day and an undeniably tragic loss.
It's always slightly irritated me that when an artist passes away we have hundreds of people proclaiming he or she was "The greatest (fill in the blanks) of all time" when in reality, without speaking ill of the dead, the person in question was never all that great. You can decide who I'm talking about.
To be completely honest here Guru has never really been one of my favourite MC's yet it's without question that Gangstarr made a hell of a lot of consistently incredible, solid and pure Hip Hop music in their time.
So much so in fact that I can ignore his opening two lines on "DWYCK" about lemonade and Mr Willis...
There's no argument that the first four LP's at least were undiluted classics and absolutely essential for anyone wanting schooling in the essence of Hip Hop.
Christ, I sound like one of those bitter old B-boys who take themselves far too seriously at the moment...
Get over it you dick.
It's a sad fact that since his demise I've kind of, I dunno..."rediscovered" I guess, the music of Gangstarr.
Over the past week I've dug out all my old LP's and have been listening to it all exclusively and relentlessly on the way to and from work. I'll admit it and I'm ashamed to say that I had actually forgotten how good they were. It's been fun re-listening to "No More Mister Nice Guy" through headphones as the last time I did that was at school on a cassette dub in my walkman! Nuts.
So anyhow, I've been up in the attic in the evenings putting this little scratch tribute together - hope you enjoy it. If you do then feel free to re-post the video/link wherever you like.
Thanks a lot.
Rest in peace Guru - you'll be missed.
DOWNLOAD THE "RE-CHECK THE TECHNIQUE" MP3 HERE