MC Keithy E. Demo Tape cover art / Audio / Interview Lecco’s Lemma show at WMBR in Cambridge 1985
MC Keithy E (demo tape cover)
1st tribute shirt by Listen Clothing & The X Label. Winter 2011
1986 MC Keithy E (Guru) Demo Tape Description
In 1986 MC Keithy E (now known as Guru) completed a demo tape that featured the early members of GangStarr, DJ Mikey Dee and Damo D (Beat Box). The tape that was recorded at “Radio One” studios in Boston, includes eight tracks featuring the young Guru rhyming and displaying his singing voice over a bare drum machine. The demo tape was clearly made and sent directly to Magnus Johnstone (a local DJ/Radio Host in Guru’s hometown of Boston) for his show. Both the demo tape’s cover and the actual tape are labeled “for Magnus”. Magnus Johnstone founded Lecco’s Lemma show at WMBR in Cambridge 1985. It was a groundbreaking hip-hop radio show, the first of its kind in Boston and one of the only rap radio shows in the world at that time. What made it even more revolutionary for the emerging Boston hip-hop scene was that Magnus encouraged local rap groups to come down to the station and perform on the air. Since the show was Boston’s outlet for up and coming hip hop artists, it was a big deal to appear on the show. This demo tape earned MC Keithy E and crew the right to be on the show and share their talents to the listeners.