Guru, Rest in Peace

Jazz Thing by Gang Starr

The best part of the completely delightful “Jazz Thing” are Guru’s vocals, reportedly adapted from a poem about the history of jazz by Lolis Eric Elie. The song originally appeared on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues, and may well have been the best thing about the movie. Guru continued to dapple in hip hop/jazz fusions, most successfully on Jazzmatazz Volume 1. He died last month, but leaves behind an impressive musical legacy.

Scott Joplin’s rags, Bessie Smith’s blues
St. Louis blues, they were all the news
Ringin smooth.. in all the listeners ears
Fulfillin the needs, and plantin the seeds
of a jazz thing

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