Gang Starr Essentials

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Gang Starr Essentials

Three years ago today, April 19, Keith Elam, aka Guru, died after a long struggle with cancer. But rather than dig up the still unclear details of his death, we'd rather celebrate his life — in particular, the incredible, groundbreaking music he made as one half of Gang Starr. With the masterful DJ Premier at his side, Guru created hugely influential rap standards, timeless both in their lasting appeal and in their unchanging devotion to a traditional New York-centric blueprint that many hip hop artists still hedge to faithfully. Click on to see 15 essential, unforgettable Gang Starr classics that still define the duo's lasting legacy. —Alex Gale

(Photo: Courtesy Virgin Records)

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