WE MISS YOU
JULY 17, 2011 MARKS THE 50TH BIRTHDAY OF KEITH “GURU” ELAM…..
BIG SHUG TAKES IT BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF HIS GANG STARR LEGACY
LOVE & RESPECT TO THE ELAM & CLARK FAMILY
LOVE TO LANA & K.C. ELAM
BIG SHUG: “WE MISS YOU”
PRODUCED BY: DJ PREMIER
After Guru’s passing a couple members of the immediate Elam family decided to honor Guru by way of tattooing something to their bodies that represent him. Guru’s brother (Harry Elam Jr) was the first person to get his tattoo. He honored Guru by getting a tattoo of the Gangstarr logo on his right shoulder blade. Justin Nicholas-Elam Ruff (guru’s first nephew) was the second person to get a tattoo. He had the Gangstarr logo tattooed on his left forearm. Guru’s sister (Patricia Elam) was next to get her tattoo. She had “Peace Guru” 7/17/61- 4/19/10 tattooed on her left wrist. Lastly, Guru’s second nephew (Denzel Ruff) had the Gangstarr logo and Uncle Keith “Guru” Elam tattooed on his left shoulder. Both Justin & Denzel plan on adding to their tattoo. Justin will get some of his favorite lyrics from Guru tattooed around his left forearm. Denzel wants to create a full sleeve on his arm with Guru’s lyrics and other images as an ode to him. This is one of the many ways the Elam family is remembering their beloved Guru.
On the one-year anniversary of Guru’s death, XXL caught up with the legendary MC’s sister to discuss life after Guru…
Keith Elam (GURU) graduated from Morehouse College in 1983 with a degree in Business Administration. From there he took graduate classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
photos shared by Justin N. Elam Ruff for The X Label 2011.
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