Boston Globe, May 20, 2011
Edo G. remembers well the day when Guru set off from Boston for New York City in search of fame and fortune.
Back then, in the mid-’80s, Guru was known as Keithy E. – the stage name of Keith Elam, son of a judge and a librarian from a respected Roxbury family, and a recent graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. Like so many young people of his time, he had caught the hip-hop bug hard. And he had talent – a deft pen and a patented delivery, in a kind of syncopated monotone, that would go on to make him, as the MC in the group Gang Starr, one of the most influential rappers of his time.
But first he had to leave home.
“I was there the day that he left for New York, in his old Jaguar,” says Edo G., who in those days was a teenager from Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury who beatboxed and rhymed around town. “He had bought a big radio for the ride, a boom box, from a cat I knew. We were there when he left. And he became who he became.”