Thursday, April 1, 2010

Guru/DJ Premier/Solar mess

By now, you probably all know about Keith Elam (aka Guru) going into cardiac arrest and being hospitalized. While he is currently recovering, there is another controversy brewing as his current producer, Solar, is accusing Guru's family members of trying to use him and preventing many of Guru's people of visiting him in the hospital. Why he would choose this particular time to get at others is beyond me. (@DJPremierBlog on Twitter), a DJ Premier co-signed website recently air out Solar, who has been threatening to release documents proving that Guru's family members are trying to benefit from the veteran MCs name.

…Written by gimantalon:

Many people asked me to actually do this and I come clean, I didn’t really enjoy writing this. However, the truth has to be written to the public. The people who wrote me asked for my help. About the whole Solar Guru situation… We should have known people. We should have known this would come this far. Superproducer Solar is a manipulator of the highest degree and loves to control people. I really hate making a post on DJ Premier Blog about Solar, I even promised last year not to mention Guru ever again (because I saw no ending with that Solar dude).

A lot of people who worked with Guru and Solar came forward to me with their stories about 7Grand Records and Solar in this intense week. Mostly they write about how heartbreaking it is to hear that their former partner Guru had a heart attack and that Solar is with him making it hard for his family, they are very concerned. The reason they wrote the truth in countless letters is because they want Guru away from Solar with the help of the public (like Justin asked in his video). It was no fun for them writing about Guru’s evil friend, especially when Guru was one of the friendliest people they ever met, and were blessed to work with. To the few persons Guru had contact with, he was always very kind. He was a master at cheering someone up. If you saw Guru you wouldn’t think he was sad, he wouldn’t let you see it someone wrote me. He didn’t want to make someone sad because of him. That’s maybe the reason Solar had so much control on Guru. Guru’s first concern wasn’t himself, but the persons next to him. I hope you respect why they want to stay anonymous. They don’t want to harm the person, Guru, that were always good to them. Yet, what Solar puts Guru trough is unacceptable and makes people angry for a damn good reason. No one wants to see a good person suffer and taken advantage of. So I warn all of you, the next thing I’m about to write is something like or, you are not forced to read it. Keep Guru in the back of your mind, because he needs our support. Even so, here are some facts about the person who is now with Guru:

-Solar claims to be a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths. He consider himself as a God. 7Grand logo is inspired from the religions logo.

-Solar claims to have saved Guru from alcohol abuse.

-Solar and Guru likes to believe the media that they were friends before they worked together. Which isn’t completely true. Guru was introduced to Solar by Black Jesus who worked on projects with Guru. Solar just started producing and when he came into the picture he disrupted and poisoned his mind against Black Jesus and his crew.

-Solar always told Guru that his old friends hate him and that he is nobody without him. Guru is scared of that and don’t want to end up alone in his mid 40s. Solar isn’t that stupid, if Guru and DJ Premier make music again he can say bye bye.

-Every journalist that would like to take an interview with Guru is firstly asked not to question about Gang Starr or DJ Premier. Solar always has to sit next to Guru (even with a phone interview). If you watch some interviews of them you can see how Solar likes to interrupt Guru to say it better. I once heard an interview when he got mad (because of DJ Premier) and asked the interviewer ‘what the deal is’. Guru didn’t move a bit.

-Solar likes to write mails in Guru’s name to the 7Grand artists. You can tell the difference between Guru and Solar. Guru always wrote like a poet, Solar like a thug.

-Guru is allowed to sign autographs for a certain amount of time, after which Solar yells ‘that’s enough’, grabs his arm and drags him off.

-When a girl shows interest in Guru she firstly needs to be approved by Solar, which led Guru with no girls most of the times. When you ask him about it, Guru always replies: ‘Solar is helping me to be disciplined, I need that’.

-It has been reported that Solar harbours intense jealousy for the Jazzmatazz trumpet soloist Brownman. I received emails from promoters stating that they’ve seen Solar pack Brownman into a cab and send him back to the hotel early when audiences are freaking out over his trumpet playing. One promoter describes the reaction to Brownman as “so much cheering you couldn’t hear Guru talk, while Solar’s reception was luke-warm at best”. This infuriates Solar and he has used lies such as “we have an early flight” as excuses to shuttle the trumpet player away from the crowd. Eventually Solar made Guru stop introducing the band members entirely. The superproducer’s own introduction would go on for minutes, while the all-star band – including the well known DJ DooWop – were treated like nobody’s. Other sources have reported that Solar has had many conflicts with Brownman, stemming from Solar’s insecurities over Brownman’s ability to engage an audience as a soloist – while he himself has no business on stage next to Guru. Why is the producer of the show on stage in the first place?

-Solar feeds on the career of Guru , of which he has total control over. While playing in Norway a few years ago, he demanded weird stuff and complained that he had not received enough smoked salmon and champagne. Most of the people didn’t even know who he was.

-It’s not like anyone didn’t know about this, a lot of this has been said before. Here you have a picture of a fan who wanted to own Solar. Here you have other blogs besides mine who spoke about it, here’s another one. This funny picture I posted on my blog spread like wild fire one year ago, now it’s off course not funny anymore. Actually I’ve known several journalists who wrote bad things when they did an interview with Guru and Solar.

-Solar was thinking about a new Gang Starr album, probably without DJ premier. Guru told us last year it’s possible there would be a new Gang Starr album. If there would be one, it will be released on 7Grand Records. Solar made him believe only he is Gang Starr. After that statement an official twitter opened @GangStarr_NY that was promoted through Guru’s official twitter, which is in control of Solar.

-Guru is not the only one that Solar is controlling and brainwashing. The keyboard player of the Jazzmatazz band, Dave Scott, was even worse terrorized. Dave literally runs to pack up Solar’s food when Solar commands him to everywhere he demands. Dave does all kind of things for Solar. Like giving his clothes and making up a room with the things solar wants. He even does Solar’s laundry on tour often. He is terrified to lose his job because he has nothing else. When I posted that Jazzmatazz band left 7grand in January (due to Solar), he wrote eight comments in three hours begging me to add that he hasn’t quit. That’s how terrified he is from Solar, who runs things via abuse and terror. Also I hope he will be set free from Solar and go his own path.

-Solar blocks every source of information to Guru because he knows his old friends still love him.

-Solar and his wife signed a health care proxy as brother and sister of Guru. Guru’s room is protected with a guest list and a black list. Solar told the hospital that there were pictures taken from Guru without permission, which was not true.

-Solar can’t be mistaken with MC Solaar, the legendary MC from France who Guru worked with in 1993. When Guru first toured with Solar (I think 2005), I made this mistake. Then I saw some other lame dude, never knew who he was at the moment, but he wasn’t MC Solaar.

There is more that should better kept private, but I think you get the picture. I think Guru is still at an instable condition, so I would like everybody to still pray until he’s better. When he is, he will have a difficult job to do. Considering him not wanting to harm anyone. Actions, however, need to be taken, but first we need to see if Guru is at a stable condition. Pray for him, anyone who met him in person knows he deserves it.

It’s possible the future tells us he doesn’t want to reunite with DJ Premier at any price, if so then I’m afraid we shall need to accept this. We need to accept any decision by Guru. And lastly, this has nothing to do with DJ Premier you gossip magazines. And once again, I would like to thank the hip hop community to stand together to support Guru. Gang Starr 4 Ever!!

(Note: Solar’s official twitter is now redesigned by Yo! Promotions, check it out now!! Y’all should be ashamed, fo real.)

My 2 cents…

It's sad that all this mess has to take place when Guru just needs the support of his family, friends and fans. Solar needs to check himself quickly, because the way he's carried himself over the last couple months is appalling and supports the above claims. The Urban Renewal Project continues to wish Guru a full recovery and and for this whole situation to be resolved peacefully.


greypavement said...

I gotta say a few things about this joke dude "Brownman" since he is doing his best to shit on people while they are dealing with something serious. Firstly, I personally know all of the players in this soap opera, that includes Guru, Solar and the 7 Grand band, but I am not part of the band.

Some of the information contained within this article was clearly contributed by a Nicholas Ali (AKA 'Brownman') a Trumpeter who played with the band for a period of time, and is not a collection of facts, but actually a desperate expression of SOUR GRAPES.

The music business is full of social politics like every other area in life, and every story has at least two sides. In this case, Ali is no longer part of the band, but why he is out certainly has at least two sides.

This trumpet player who no one has even heard of outside of this band was ridiculously claiming he was "hand picked" as the "replacement for Donald Byrd" in the Jazzmatazz spot, in an "official press release" conveniently at a time when Guru was incapacitated and had no way to respond.

Donald Byrd is a famous Jazz legend, and his involvement with Guru was at least 10 years before Ali was around, so he did not replace him. Ali is actually an otherwise unknown social climber trying to use the cat's name and now Guru's name to get ahead in the business.

In terms of the idea that Solar was 'jealous' of the great 'featured soloist' Ali, that is a joke. Ali is the type of musician who simply cannot ever shut the fuck up. There is a time to blow your horn and a time to be a team player, Ali never got that and had a need to always be in the spotlight. Even if Guru wanted him to chill he just couldn't.

If no one can hear Guru talk, that is a problem, since no one is buying tickets to see Nicholas Ali, but to hear Guru. I have seen this personally. I guess he thought he was more important than Guru and it's not even like he is an interesting trumpet player either. A goofy ponytail and sunglasses don't change that fact.

Some people just need to step on others to climb up. That is what is happening here. "Brown-nose" is stepping on Guru, trying to make a name for himself while Guru is in the hospital. Replacement for the great Donald Byrd?? Bahahahahaha yah trippin!

greypavement said...

There is also something else very fishy going on here and it is a covert media campaign. I can only assume it is being led by DJ Premiere himself as an attempt to get at Guru, or maybe try to get him back by hitting at Solar. The former trumpet sideman of the 7Grand band, Nicholas Ali is apparently part of this campaign and in bed with Premiere.

I went on DJ Premiere blog, which is obviously approved by him and posted a comment on this original story post, which was initially deleted but then later partially copied and changed by the moderators to say something completely different.

My orioginal statement on DJPremier blog was my previous post in full.

Now here is the reprint that the moderators of the blog posted:

“Some people just need to step on others to climb up. That is what is happening here. Solar is stepping on Guru, continuing to try and make a name for himself while Guru is in the hospital. His recent appointment of a promotion agency, who now runs his twitter page? – clear evidence of this. The truth continues to hemorrhage. I’m looking forward to more peeps coming forth to verify some of these stories you’ve been told Gim.”


It is clear that Premier or his people intentionally replaced Ali’s name with Solar’s name on Premiere’s own blog. SO this is clear evidence of a political agenda to get at Guru and Solar while Guru is unable to speak out. Premiere, and Ali (AKA Brown-nose), you people are really slimy. This is the real story here.