IDM joins music fans around the world in mourning one of hip-hop’s most respected innovators, Guru, who passed away Monday 19 April at age 43. Guru’s inimitable MC flow and lyrical style transcended genre, creating an influential new sound and elevating social consciousness in hip-hop. Record labels EMI Music and Virgin Records say they are honoured to have had the privilege of working with Guru and his Gang Starr partner Premier for their brilliant, landmark achievements in recorded music, as well as Guru’s acclaimed Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 album. Critically acclaimed hip-hop duo Gang Starr first hit the scene in 1989 and more than a decade of chart hits followed.