"We just like cockroaches. Never dying. Always living."Gang Starr was a Hip-Hop duo consisting of rapper Keith "Guru" Elam ("Guru" standing for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) from Boston, Massachusetts and producer Christopher Martin (more commonly known as DJ Premier) from Houston, Texas.Gang Starr actually got their start in 1985. At this time, DJ Premier (then known as Waxmaster C) was not part of the group; instead, Guru founded it with DJ 1, 2 B-Down. In 1987 and '88, they released three singles on vinyl, one of which was called "The Lesson", on a label called Wild Pitch Records. The group finally split in 1989, though, and the only one left that carried its name was Guru.However, that same year he got in contact with DJ Premier, who sent him a beat tape. He liked it so much, he invited Premier to be part of Gang Starr. He accepted.Along with a new single, "Words I Manifest", the duo released their debut album No More Mr. Nice Guy. The next year, a former DJ, Duff Marlowe, signed them to Chrysalis Records, a label based in London. The rest, as they say, is history.Around the time they made "I'm the Man" from Daily Operation, they created the Gang Starr Foundation, which isn't a rap group per se, but a group of individual rappers the duo liked and wanted to sign. Its lineup was Jeru the Damaja, Big Shug, Lil Dap, and Melachi the Nutcrackernote .Around the time Moment Of Truth was being made, Guru was charged gun possession. The album is somewhat centered around this. note Gang Starr disbanded in 2003 after their last album The Ownerz, after Guru had an argument with Premier and turned his back on the duo. He would later go on to release solo albums. While Guru seemed to have wanted nothing to do with Premier after that, Premier looked as if he'd put it all behind him and remained confident that the duo would reunite for another album one day.However, in 2010, Guru died of heart cancer, eliminating any chance of a reunion. DJ Premier did a tribute mix on his radio show in his honor.These days, Premier continues to produce for underground rap artists from all over the world, occasionally goes on tours (globally, even. He's played shows in Paris, Athens, and Osaka.), has a radio show (as mentioned above), and heads an underground label called Year Round Records.Not to be confused with Bravestarr.
—DJ Premier, Moment of Truth album