Keith Edward Elam, popularly known as Guru, was an American rapper, actor, and producer. He was most known for being the founder of legendary hip hop duo Gang Starr, partnering with DJ Premier.
He contributed to genres like Hip Hop and Jazz Rap and worked under the labels like Wild Pitch/EMI Records, Chrysalis, Noo Trybe/Virgin, and 7 Grand.
Sadly, the rapper passed away on 19 April 2010 at the age of 48 due to blood cancer.
At time of death in 2010, the American rapper Guru had an estimated net worth of $5 million. He gathered his massive fortune from his eminent career as an American rapper, producer, and actor.
Throughout his career journey from 1986 to 2010, Guru released 10 solo studio albums & 6 albums as part of duo Gang Starr.
As for a fact, the late rapper's 2003 solo album Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul became the most successful with #32 rank in Billboard 200 chart.
Nearly after a decade of Guru's demise, the duo Gang Starr released a posthumous album One of the Best Yet in 2019, & charted #82 in Billboard 200.
Keith Edward Elam started his career in 1986 with the pen name MC Keithy E and later renamed as Guru.
In 1987, Guru founded an American hip hop duo, Gang Starr with DJ Premier. The band started with three records under the Wild Pitch Records record label.
Eventually, he gained impressive popularity with songs like Mass Appeal, Above the Clouds, You Know My Steez, Family and Loyalty, Full Clip, and DWYC, among others.
He is also widely popular for his greatest hit albums such as Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1. Version 7.0 The Street Scriptures, Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality, and many others.
His final artistry was the fourth installment in the Jazzmatazz series and Guru 8.0: Lost and Found.
Within his career, he released seven studio albums and collaborated with Chaka Khan, Jamiroquai, Ramsey Lewis, MC Solaar, Busta Rhymes, Donald Byrd, and Branford Marsalis.
Besides that, he also appeared in a number of movies like Who's the Man, The Substitute 2: School's Out, NYPD Blue, and others.
He also managed to make money from giving voice in video games like Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
Rapper Guru aka Keith Edward Elam was born on 17 July 1961 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the United States to parents; Harry Elam and Barbara Elam.
He was raised in Boston with his three siblings; sister Paricia Elam, older brothers Harry J. Elam Jr, and nephew Justin Nicholas-Elam.
He got his educational degree in business administration from Morehouse College, Atlanta. She also took classes at the Fashion Institue of Technology, Manhattan.
Rapper Guru died on 19 April 2010 at the age of 48 due to blood cancer. He is survived by his parents, son Keith Casim and his three siblings.
Despite being the public figure, Guru always maintained the low-key life. Little is known or confirmed about his relationships, including his girlfriend/wife.
He does have a son named Keith Casim; however, the identity of the mother is not revealed. A source reported that his son Casim is the next king of his built empire.