RIP Guru

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We are saddened by the news of Guru’s death, his career with Gangstarr and Jazzmatazz is an integral part of the legacy and history of Giant Step. “Jazz Thing” was one of the first records we ever played and it became an anthem of our fledgling movement. In ’93, Guru chose Giant Step to first debut his Jazzmatazz project and we had the pleasure of presenting many of Gangstarr’s early New York shows, with many more to come.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones, music has truly lost a pioneer.

More vintage Gangstarr/Jazzmatazz Giant Step flyers after the jump.

  • Cantona

    RIP Keith! “Jazz Thing”: will always be my personal anthem. Thank you for the music!

  • Lion

    Nice to see some old flyers I helped out with..
    I saved a lot of them, but lost all of them in the move back to Sweden.
    Is there a digitalized archive of any of the old flyers?
    Ah, the memories..

  • ::M::A::Y::A::

    I remember being a part of the Giant Step street team during the early nineties. These posters bring back so many memories. Guru’s Jazzmatazz was influential in so many ways, elevating hip-hop to new heights.

  • Nappy G

    What can I say? These flyers bring back SOOOO many memories(Big up to Lion on flyer design & Tree on flyer distro)….I was at all those Giant Step shows,plus many late nights at the weekly Thursday party that led to the formation of Jazzmatazz & a few classic tour dates that Groove Collective did w/Guru & the early Jazzmatazz lineup. I got to see Keith up-close & personal,& he was a very down-to-earth,unpretentious guy,totally real. I Loved all his Jazzmatazz stuff,plus his Gangstarr lyrics are just some of the best hiphop knowledge ever recorded. I feel honored & blessed that Maurice & Jonathan gave us a place to meet every week where we could all share in the joy of discovering how hiphop,jazz & dance-music could work together. And where people from all kinds of different backgrounds could find a common link through the music. We’re all gonna miss the unique perspective & conscious,smart-ass lyrics of G.U.R.U.,but I think he leaves an incredible legacy that also makes us reflect on our own lives,& the contributions we all want to leave behind. Forward into Infinity,good people! We Love you,Guru! On & on….{G}