My Main Man Pat’s back with a couple great designs.
We are in our 99th week, and it’s only right our last one in double digits will be spent with two golden era classics on the page. We try to keep it current but this right here is the hip-hop I grew up on, and will continue to be a big part of the site in the next 100 weeks. With that said, here’s why I’m loving this week’s fresh ink…
A standing ovation goes out to the homie Alan J. Thatcher for combining two of my favorite things in life with his “Heineken Brew” joint. Illmatic + cold beer = the quickest way to my heart. The man even put a condensated finish on the label…on point as per always Alan.
On a more minimalistic tip, the two words that come to mind on Ollie Sawards “Just To Get A Rep” are eye and pleasing. Like the message of the song and the artwork it inspired, it’s amazing what people will do for just 5 simple words.
Before I dip, with next week being the big 1-0-0 you know we’re going to do something to celebrate. It will involve a giveaway of some sort to those that get the newsletter, so make sure you peep next week’s email for details.
A couple weeks ago was the anniversary of Guru’s death and I been bumping some Gang Starr and it got me thinking about the shadiness surrounding his passing. I recall Solar not letting friends and family in to the hospital to see Guru before dying, putting out fake statements from Guru which the Elam family rejected, supposedly abusing Guru physically (according to Jacky Jasper). Then you have Guru’s nephew issued a heartfelt statement that captured the hearts of the interwebs….
I know soon after Guru died people were talkin’ mad shit about Solar, you’d think Solar would’ve died but oddly, you never really heard from this asshole again. WTF happened to this creep? Is he eating right now? If so take the fork out of his mouth. Let’s see what he’s been upto?
Did anyone get an interview with this guy after Guru died other than Sway?
Has anyone punched him in the face? Why aren’t people beating his ass like he was the pecker checker in the gym locker room? One of the last articles I saw on Solar was, he was dropping some music with some members of Living Colour and trying to revive Jazzamatazz (something Guru created but now Solar is trying to bank on, hoping Jazz fans forgotten what a piece of shit he is). Guru’s older brother was interviewed recently and this odd statement was made when Solar was brought up at the end of the interview.
I don’t know if this is going to restrict you from talking about it on the record, but you’ve mentioned that you met a lot of people that were Guru’s musical affiliates and partners. I’m just wondering if you’ve actually met Solar, at one point or another.
Yeah, I met him and I would love to talk about him, but I can’t. I just can’t. But yes, I met him, but now I’m hoping that entire story, as the litigation works it’s way through, comes out and then there will be a story to tell.
It also seems Solar may have set up a fake Gang Starr page on Facebook and on that shit is hundreds of fake comments disrespecting DJ Premier… Yea the “Official page of Gang Starr” Is calling the legendary producer a piece of shit all while showering Solar with praise… Is this sounding fishy?
In a recent article in The Source disgustingly posted on the anniversary of Guru’s travel to the afterlife was an interview with the snake, the rat, the scum, that is Solar. Claiming that he had been given rights to the Gang Starr/Guru Catalog… And that he’s gonna make sure it’s done right but hasn’t spoken to Premier.. Just reading the interview makes me cringe and it also baffles the mind and makes you think Solar is delusional… It looks like he created a phony “Gang Starr website“… and it also looks like he’s selling fake Merch “Gang Starr” shirts and calling them shits official… Taking advantage of fans now you dirt bag? Can you get any lower?
So the brother mentioned litigation? Is the Elam family taking Solar to court? Is it Premier for “the catalog”? Surely selling fake merch is illegal w/o a property license? I heard that Guru left his whole estate to Solar (rumor?) and nothing to his kids/family… is this about that? or a combo of everything? What is the story why isn’t the hip-hop community following this like the OJ case? We as a people should take to the streets going door to door looking for this guy. We can’t stop, we won’t stop, until he’s found! and justice is served. I want answers, I know I’m not the only one! Let’s get those answers!
This is another one off Bug Shugs latest album I.M. 4 EVA this time featuring Boston’s best, the album also comes with a hard cover book called The History Of Gangstarr, here’s a taste from the book
“I remember telling Guru I thought Solaar was a sucker. I asked him to get some water, and we were performing on stage, and he said OK but he didn’t do it. I was like ‘Yo, does your boy think he’s part of the clique?’ And then he started being out with Guru but not us. We were in Utah and Guru actually left with that dude, he left the tour. We had two shows to do. Guru left and we ended up doing the show without him, a Gang Starr show. We did mad songs, Premier DJed and did a lot of the joints, we had the crowd singing along or whatever. It was crazy. Guru called me afterwards and said he and Solaar wanted to tour but that he wanted to bring me too. He wanted me to speak to his boy Solaar. This was when Solaar was still new with him. I said, ‘Yea I’ll speak to the boy.’ He put him on, and he said something, and because of the way I was talking to him, Guru said ‘Yo, I don’t feel how you talking to my man,’ shit like that. Then he said ‘We ain’t even gonna take you.’ Then I started screaming on them, both of em. I never heard from them again after that shit. Next thing you know I was speaking at the memorial. “