It's a Shame: '90s Music Stars We Lost Too Soon

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  • Kevin Conner
  • Eazy-E
  • Guru
  • Nate Dogg
  • Big L
  • Freaky Tah
  • ODB
  • Chris Kelly, Kris Kross
  • Heavy D
  • Big Pun
  • Tupac
  • The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Natina Reed
  • Kenny Greene
  • Melanie Janene Thornton
  • David Cole
  • Orish Grinstead
  • Aaliyah
  • Lisa Lopes
  • Tony Thompson


Although Gang Starr got their start in 1987, Guru and DJ Premier released their first game changing album in 1993, Jazzmatazz Vol. 1. It was the first in a series and critically acclaimed for successfully bridging that gap between eras of music with features from jazz greats Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers. Guru's philosophy was to collaborate with the the types of musicians others were sampling. He died from cancer in 2010. He was 43. 

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