Date: April 20
HipHopDX says: Keith "Guru" Elam, founder of the legendary group Gang Starr, died on April 19 after a private yearlong battle with cancer. The MC's last days were a bizarre melee of false reports, grandstanding, and embarrassing statements courtesy of Guru's recent music partner, Solar. However, in the moment of truth, hip-hop lost one of its trademark voices and true jazz messengers, after releasing a dozen albums within 20 years of manifesting wisdom. R.I.P. Gone but not forgotten.