Anyone who knows real hip hop knows legendary New York hip hop duo Gang Starr. And anyone that knows Gang Starr knows the voice behind the wall of sound, the great Guru. He’s rapped over the best beats in the business, courtesy of DJ Premier. He’s spit alongside the greats in hip hop (Rakim, Jadakiss, Talib Kweli, etc.). He’s toured the world with jazz greats with his Jazzmatazz projects. In fact, after starting his own label (7 Grand) and releasing his debut solo effort last year (Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures), Guru has blessed us with Jazzmatazz 4 The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger “Back To The Future", the latest in his series of jazz meets hip hop fusion endeavors.
While on tour promoting the album with super-producer Solar, Guru stopped by Freestyle 101 to drop gems, kick knowledge, and lace us with rhymes. He even gave shout outs to you Wii, Xbox and PSP users out there. The duo also discussed the similarities between jazz improvisation and freestyle rapping, something these cats know a little something about.
A new Freestyle 101 goes up every Tuesday at 3:00 pm ET (that’s noon to you west coast heads). Next up are West Coast newcomers R.N.S. and Neila, then get ready for Spider Loc of G-Unit, Sean Kingston, Master P and Romeo, Myka 9, Strong Arm Steady, and many more. Check out our behind-the-scenes photo gallery, visit us on MySpace and check out our beatmasters, Messiaz.