The King Of Monotone Forever

Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Mixtapes, Music

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Published on April 19, 2011 with 1 Comment

Can’t believe it’s been a year already since Keith ‘Guru’ Elam passed. Seems like yesterday me and Andrew Schweizer were frantically piecing together the strange stories surrounding his passing like the intercontinental B-Boy Woodward & Bernstein. That’s a tale for another time though (still to come), today we’d rather focus on what he achieved in life.

First off, rattling of some favourites list would be obsolete now with the awesome work Ivan Rott’s been doing on HipHop Is Read. So here’s linkage to his digs plus two of the best Gang Starr/Guru mixes I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. All in all, enough tracks to bump all day long and keep his memory living. Click the covers for the links.

Matthew Africa’s mix was created a short while before Guru’s passing and is still one of the best and most comprehensive Gang Starr mixes I’ve heard.

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And the list wouldn’t be complete without the heartfelt tribute mix DJ Premier did last year.

Kudos to these three guys and a major shout out to the Gang Starr foundation. The King of Monotone is gone but not forgotten. Rest in peace Guru.



1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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  1. Rest in power, Mr. Monotone.

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