A week after Guru passed away, we invited one of our favourite DJ’s, Naiki San, to help us pay tribute. This is a set of Gang Starr and Jazzamatazz material mixed with the original soul and jazz that was sampled to make these hip hop classics.
My first memory of Gang Starr was at the under 18 parties when we used to do the running man to ‘Love Sick’. Later on albums like ‘Daily Operation’ and ‘Hard To Earn’ got heavy rotation in my walkman. While Gang Starr helped define the New York hip hop sound, Jazzmatazz introduced me to the soul artists that made hip hop possible. Then much later on I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to interview Guru himself.
He was still producing great material up until recently. On his last mixtape ‘Back to The Future’, released in 2008, he was spitting just as good as ever. He murders it on some old fast rap tracks.
I hope you enjoy Naiki’s mix. Please let us know your thoughts on the comments.
Ceasar Frazier – Funk It Down
Gang Starr – Ex Girl To Next Girl
Hiroshima – Shinto
Gang Starr ft Total – Discipline
Gang Starr – You Know My Steez
Bob James – Look Alike
Gang Starr – The ? Remainz
Sugar Billy Garner – I Got Some
Gang Starr – B.Y.S.
Cal Tjader – Walk On By
Gang Starr – Full Clip
Da Youngstaz – Pass Da Mic (Remix)
Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
Monk Higgins – Little Green Apples
Gang Starr – Code Of The Streets
Jean-Jacques Perrey – E.V.A.
Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep
Maceo & the Macks – Parrty, Pt. 1
Gang Starr – Who’s Gonna Take The Weight
Gang Starr – Dwyck
Gang Starr – Royalty
Donald Byrd – Think Twice
Guru ft Slum Village – Cuz I’m Jazzy
Average White Band – Stop The Rain
Gang Starr – Gotta Get Over
Gang Starr – Skills