Though 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.