As much as we personally may wish against additional drama tarnishing a musician’s legacy, the death of hip hop veteran Guru continues to prompt rampant speculation and confusion throughout the entertainment world. Today, the saga continued, as The Source posted a statement from Patricia Elam, sister of the fallen rapper, disputing many of the facts previously released to the public by Guru’s business partners.
Her statement heavily contradicts the so-called “farewell letter” that Solar, Guru’s music and business partner for the past several years, released after Guru’s death, purportedly written by Guru himself. Of particular interest, Patricia Elam notes that the family is not aware of any charities established by Guru. Most disturbingly, her statement insists that Guru never awoke from a February coma, directly contradicting multiple statements made by Solar since the initial reports that Guru had fallen ill. While she never called Solar out by name, nor specifically mention the letter, the implication is clear: the family does not believe the “letter” was penned by Guru at all.
The blogosphere and many mainstream news sources have since been flooded with comments and commentary about this situation, with all kinds of rumors and allegations. It is our hope that a credible, viable news organization, with the integrity and journalistic know how, fully investigates this matter, not for hip hop alone, but for the fact that if some of the more explosive allegations are true, Solar could very well be guilty of crimes. And, to be fair, if Solar’s allegations are indeed fact, he should be given a respectable and verifiable forum to clear the air. After all, if Guru was indeed terminally ill for a long time, the letter could certainly have been written some time ago, as a preparation for the inevitable.
In any event, a true and fair investigation should be done before one single dime is given up by fans to any charity or memorial event in Guru’s name. While fans want to stick up for their musical icon, the intricacies of the relationships at hand here are looking to be more complex than what idle speculation is likely to illuminate.