Guru (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010) has been a hip hop diplomat representing New York since the early 1990’s. His efforts as half of Gangstarr and his Jazzmatazz recordings made a lasting impression on hip hop’s formative years, and he is respected worldwide for his contributions to the culture via his unflappable, calm delivery of rhymes which emphasize self-knowledge, respect, and street credibility. Recently, Guru has teamed up with Solar, a producer who grew up breathing hip hop in New York. The duo have founded a record label, 7 Grand Records, and are putting on new talent as well as dropping albums of their own. Guru’s new partnership with Solar is bearing fruit well worth picking.