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Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr

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By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 24, 2010

Following his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta (and spending one year in grad school at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York), Guru begins winning talent shows with Big Shug (who went by Sugar Bear back then) at such Boston venues as The Strand Theatre and Nine Lansdowne. When Shug gets deep in the street game (and ultimately goes to prison for three years), Guru (still rapping as MC Keithy E) teams up with Boston natives Damo D-Ski and DJ 12 B-Down Mike Dee to form the second incarnation of Gang Starr. This video is from his first interview (circa 1986) on revered WMBR host Magnus Johnstone's “Lecco's Lemma” show. 

READ:Guru's Guru, How a mysterious Svengali dominated Guru's final days. By Chris Faraone

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