Friday, May 7, 2010

GURU (of Gang Starr) 25 Best!!!

A big thank you to every person out there reading this CCP for the continuous support and love of The Vocal Booth; be on the lookout for the website and much more on the way.  Much music has dropped since last issue.  Monica is ‘Still Standing’, Raheem DeVaughn  has dropped a ‘Love & War MasterPeace’, Method Man, Raekwon, and Ghostface teamed up to make the ‘Wu Massacre’, Erykah Badu has dropped part 2 of her ‘New Amerykah’ series, Usher is riding his ‘Raymond’ wave, B.O.B. scored his 1st Number 1 record with the smash, ‘Nothing On You’, and labels are gearing up to make as much money as possible from their artists as the ‘cash cow’ season gets underway.   Although the Sun is shining bright today we are feeling a tad gray because the light of one of Hip Hop’s greatest emcees has dimmed, Keith E. Elam aka Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal professionally known as GURU (of Gang Starr & 7 Grand) passed this past April (20th) from complications with Cancer. To celebrate his timeless impact on Hip Hop (in general) & me (specifically), here is a list of the 25 best songs by Guru, featuring Guru, or produced by Guru. Let’s get it!!!!

GURU (of Gang Starr & 7 Grand) 25 Best!!! (In No Particular Order except #1-my personal fav!!)
Mass Appeal (from Gang Starr- Hard To Earn)
Loungin’-with Donald Byrd (Jazzmatazz Vol. 1)
Take It Personal (GS- Daily Operation)
Jazz Thing (from Mo’ Betta Blues Sdtk.)
Code of the Streets (GS- Hard To Earn)
Words I Manifest (GS- No More Mr. Nice Guy)
Just To Get A Rep (GS- Step In The Arena)
Respect The Architect-with Bahamadia (Jazzmatazz Vol. 2)
JFK 2 LAX (GS- Moment Of Truth)
DWYCK-with Nice & Smooth (GS- Hard To Earn)
Step In The Arena (GS- Step In The Arena)
Moment Of Truth (GS-Moment Of Truth)
Skillz (GS- The Ownerz)
Ex To The Next Girl (GS- Daily Operation)
Soliloquy of Chaos (GS- Daily Operation)
Wordplay (by Bahamadia- Kollage)
Riot Act (GS- The Ownerz)
Salute Pt. 2-with M.O.P. (First Family 4 Life)
You know my Steez (GS- Moment Of Truth)
Watch What You Say-with Chaka Khan (Jazzmatazz Vol. 2)
Bring It On (by N’Dea Davenport s/t)
Certified-with Bilal & J. Dilla (Jazzmatazz-Street Soul)
Check The Technique (GS-Step In The Arena)
Betrayal-with Scarface (GS- Moment Of Truth)
Brainstorm (GS-Hard To Earn)

You never know what day will be your last…Live your life now!!!  Stay Up!!!!
DJ Kingpin-Villain Of Vinyl

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