Issues statement to hiphop website
Revered rapper Guru released a statement to AllHipHop.com today (March 3) as he recovers from surgery after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.
Guru, born Keith Elam, was briefly comatose due to the heart attack. Doctors successfully operated on the 43-year-old MC on Tuesday (March 2).
"I am doing fine and I am recovering! I'm weak though,” Guru told AllHipHop.com in a statement today. “Solar is the only person who has the accurate info on my situation. Any info from anybody else is false! I appreciate your well wishes and all the love!"
Guru and his family are asking for privacy as he recovers and stressed for fans to continue to send prayers, thoughts and love.
His partner Solar echoed Guru’s comments about the need for privacy but told fans the outlook is positive for the rapper.
Additionally, only Solar will have access to Guru and accurate information regarding the status of his health.
"Guru is resting and doing well after his surgery,” Solar told AllHipHop.com. “The doctors say that he will fully recover from his illness. We thank everyone who send prayers our way and we appreciate the outpouring of love from around the world!”
A look back at KISS' high-school stunt, new Gorillaz and quad
KISS - musical geniuses if you like them, cynical marketers if you don't. Either way, you've got to admire the 1975 stunt where they attended a high-school homecoming in Cadillac, Michigan. Great story.
Quad is back. Largely a failed format back in the '70s and '80s, fans have rediscovered it and the music industry has finally figured it out. Chicago's first album, "Chicago Transit Authority," is being released in its original quad mix, which works perfectly with today's home theaters.
Jello Biafra and his band, the Dead Kennedys, were relentless in their attacks on California Gov. Jerry Brown back in the day. Brown is now running for governor again, and Biafra admits it - "I was wrong."
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The new box set is overflowing with music
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Guru in coma after heart attack
Rapper Guru, who rose to fame with pioneering group Gang Starr and later released a series of successful solo albums under the "Jazzmatazz" banner, is in a coma after suffering a heart attack and will undergo surgery today (Mar. 1), according to a Sirius radio interview with his former partner in Gang Starr, DJ Premier.
Guru, whose real name is Keith Elam, has kept a low profile of late. The 43-year-old artist released a solo album, "Lost and Found," in May 2009, which ended a two-year break following his fourth Jazzmatazz album, "The Hip-Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future."
Gang Starr never officially broke up but hasn't been active in more than five years. Its last album was 2003's "Ownerz."
Carly Simon spills the beans on "You're So Vain."
According to an interpretation of a clip of a remastered version of "You're So Vain," Carly Simon named David Geffen as the target of the song.
When the song is played backwards, at least as heard in the clip, a voice whispers "David."
Geffen was the head of Simon's record label at the time, and was supposedly paying more attention to Joni Mitchell.
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Both announce tour, Petty releases new music
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John Lydon is reviving Public Image Ltd. (at least in name) to go out on the road as well.
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