Keith Elam, the Gang Starr rapper known as Guru, died Monday after a yearlong battle with cancer. The MC, who grew up in Roxbury before he headed to New York to make his name in the music business, was 43.
Members of the hip-hop community offered condolences today via the social network Twitter as the news of Elam’s death spread. “Guru was a sweet inspiring uplifting person,” tweeted hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam. Rapper-producer P. Diddy tweeted: “Hip-Hop lost an icon today-but u’ll always be w/ us b/c Legends live on 4ever.” Guru’s friend and recent “Jazzmatazz” producing partner Solar released a statement saying “the world has lost a great man and a true genius.”