Why we hated them: Because he screwed over Guru
Lyrical shoutout: "You ain't never be Prem/And I'm glad you off the scene/Remember you tried to steal the body/It didn't work/Guru's whole entire family was emotionally hurt." - Big Shug on "Comin' 4 U"
One of the best lyricists in a generation chock full of them, Gang Starr's Guru, died young in 2010, falling into a coma after a year of fighting cancer. The news spread quickly across a still-young Twitter, across forums like OkayPlayer and sites like AllHipHop. DJ Premier, his partner in Gang Starr, wrote on his own site, "Sorry people, it's true."
That was sad enough, one would think. But then a letter surfaced, supposedly written on Guru's death bed, which asserted his loyalty to his "loyal best friend, partner and brother" Solar, while also dismissing Premier: "I had nothing to do with him in life for over seven years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ." If it seems unbelievable, it's because it just wasn't true. (We were expected to believe Guru hopped out of the coma and wrote up a quick 646 words on why no one could be trusted but this very shady character?)
Solar didn't come out of nowhere; he produced for Guru, starting with 1993's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1. But at some point, he manipulated the friendship or working situation for his own gain. At the hospital, he kept Guru's family away, not letting them know the extent or actual terms of his condition, hoping to make some personal gain out of his friend's death. There are some pretty terrible things done by the people on this list, but Solar's actions are in a class of their own. No wonder #FuckSolar became a trending topic when the news of his shady moves broke.