Thursday, May 6, 2010


I have never done a tribute mix before and personally never felt the need to do one. Many times when someone passes away, everyone does a tribute mix and it's basically an attempt to bring attention to their own name, sell a few mixtapes, etc… Especially the djays who don't normally support or play music from the artist who passed away. A few corny radio stations that NEVER play any guru records were playing his songs all day when he died, and then right back to Wocka Flocka the next day…
When i found out Guru had died i was miserable for a few reasons. First, i'm always miserable, lol, second because Guru is easily one of the few MC's i have listened to the most in my lifetime. The countless songs and style of music he helped pioneer along with dj premier, is pretty much the reason why any of us who still play "real" hiphop are still around. Can you imagine a world without Gangstarr albums? I might have killed myself in 89 instead of 2011. Guru's voice and what he was saying just reached out to all of us and grabbed us in for life. The way he complimented premier's beats, just an mc and an actual dj, not a drug dealer acting like a dj. It was incredible. A simple, monotone style… And that's what makes him even better. It's a lot easier to hold someone's ear and look better than you are with over-the-top flows and exaggerated vocals, but he made hundreds of classics and kept it straight forward, simple and with his unique monotone style.
The way Gangstarr and then later Jazzmatazz incorporated jazz samples and then jazz players was also the start of a way of life for many kids. How many of you have dug through jazz records that you would have NEVER thought of listening too, stoned outta your face, loving some Gangstarr soundin' loops… We used to blast the first jazzmatazz album. Take A Look, Respect The Architect, Watch The Closing doors, etc… Guru kicked knowledge, street shit, personal stuff, and made records for women that men also liked. It would be really hard for someone to match his catalog and life long achievements on record while maintaining such a high level of musical integrity. Always the dopest hip hop beats on Gangstarr albums, and always the highest level of jazz-hiphop fusion on his Jazzmatazz series. So obviously I'm a huge GURU fan and have purchased countless tapes, cd's, and vinyl over and over and over again…
When i found out he passed away i thought about how i would never hear another Gangstarr album again and that REALLY sucks… We listened to No More Mr Nice Guy, Step In the Arena, Daily Operation, etc soooooo much.
I starting thinking of all the Guru tracks, etc… I knew tons of people would be doing tribute's, probably all named the same as mine, lol, but i still felt awkward doing a tribute mix. I did speak to Premier about it, and he said i might as well, and that did make me feel a lil better about it. I just want this particular style of hiphop to be heard as much as possible and not forgotten. I thought i have a good amount of Guru classics, album cuts, and side projects to be able to do a worthy mix. I set aside approx 100 songs i personally liked. There is many i missed, skipped over, etc.. So i did the mix originally for the first time on (it's still there, my guru mix, live from my house….) Then i decided to make the live mix into an actual mixtape… So here is what i quickly put together. I did do a bunch of work on this but i had to rush it. I am off to do shows and don't have enough time. some levels may be a bit off, etc..
I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as i do. I truly love this music…. This is what we do.

01. Intro (First Step)
02. Game Plan
03. Jazzalude
04. In Memory Of
05. Name Tag (Premier & The Guru)
06. Moment Of Truth
07. The Lesson
08. Execution Of Chump
09. Ex Girl To The Next Girl
10. Ex Girl To The Next Girl (Remix)
11. The Planet
12. Take A Look At Yourself
13. Above The Clouds
14. Love Sick
15. Try To Make A Fool Of Me
16. Do In Advance
17. All 4 The Ca$h
18. Knowledge
19. A Long Way To go
20. Credit Is Due
21. Take 2 And Pass
22. Salute Part 2
23. Royalty
24. You Know My Steez
25. You Know My Steez (Remix)
26. Gotta Get Over (Remix)
27. Mostly Tha Voice
28. What I'm Here 4
29. Down The Line
30. It's Getting Hectic
31. Better Half
32. For Of Intellect
33. Work
34. Respect The Architect
35. 2 Deep
36. 2 Deep (Remix)
37. Blown' Up Da Spot
38. New York Straight Talk
39. Bust Ya Shit
40. Back 2 Back
41. The Militia
42. The ? Remainz
43. Full Clip
44. Tonz O Gunz
45. Home
46. Dedication
47. To Be A Champion
48. Check The Technique
49. Rock Dis Funky Joint Pt. 2
50. The Legacy
51. False Prophets
52. Lift Your Fist
53. Manifest
54. Mass Appeal
55. Soliloquy Of Chaos
56. I'm Not Superman
57. Code Of The Streets
58. Code Of The Streets (Remix)
59. Speak Ya Clout
60. Battle
61. I'm The Man
62. Step In The Arena
63. Cuz I'm Jazzy
64. State Of Clarity
65. A Bunch Of Niggaz
66. Take It Personal
67. Now You're Mine
68. Brainstorm
69. Illest Brother
70. Dwyck (Horny Mix)
71. Comin' For Datazz
72. No Time To Play
73. Trust Me
74. Loungin'
75. Much Too Much
76. Jazz Thing
77. Skillz
78. Feel The Music
79. Le Bien, Le Mal
80. Just To Get A Rep
81. Bust A Move Boy
82. No More Mr. Nice Guy
83. Take A Rest
84. Who's Gonna Take The Weight
85. Gusto
86. Le Tempo
87. B-Boy Mastermind
88. Here's The Proof
89. The Meaning Of The Name
90. Play Dat Beat
91. Cave In
92. 2 Steps Ahead
93. The End

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