If you’re reading this, that means I’m guaranteed you have at least minimal knowledge on the group Gangstarr. Even if it’s just because we discussed the impact of Guru’s death on these threads a few times. R.I.P. Keith Elam.
Since he died, all types of information has become available to those who are curious, the last tid bit being that the infamous Solar was abusive in their seemingly peculiar relationship. I say peculiar, because by most opinions, their friendship was on the business end of bizarre. Some people have gone as far as to ask what many of us were thinking. “Was Guru gay?” It’s a reasonable inquiry, given the shade thrown on the men’s association since Guru died. Before his death though, not many people were to interested in what Guru had going on. Self included. Perhaps if we had’ve been paying closer attention then, we wouldn’t be so confused now. Now, everybody’s mad at Solar, & Solar is steadily becoming famous, in a Kat Stacks kind of way. That’s probably all he ever wanted. If he’s really the type of guy he’s being portrayed as, he’s loving every minute of his 15. I wouldn’t doubt that he goes to the ‘Nets’ favorite new site, FuckSolar.Com, just to bask in the anti-glory of his hatred. But I digress. All bullshit aside, where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, but I don’t judge, I just speculate for the next man to.
Before I started typing, I had to ask myself first, “What if Guru was gay?” Does that have anything at all to do with his music & legacy? Does that governor the amount of influence he had on the Hip Hop culture? Is rap music ready for an MC to admit that he lusts for intimate bromance?
If Guru was gay, it has no bearing on his creative output. In no way would that change or obscure his place in the culture. Maybe to the small minded, or easily offended, but not to the average fan who grow up on his (& DJ Premier’s) music. Especially since he’s never referenced it in a song. I think the same would apply to an outwardly gay rapper today. A person’s perception is easily swayed by packaging. As long as the rapper doesn’t make self-righteous, awkward songs about forbidden love, I don’t see where his personal life would interrupt the showcasing of his ability. The time is approaching for that one, brave rapper to come out & admit he’s gay. & chances are, we’ll be alive to see. Though the initial backlash will most likely crash Twitter (yay!), I doubt it would be as painful a revelation as most people think. As a society, we’ve accepted gay people in the community. Because if we hadn’t, believe that hate crimes would be much more prevailant than they are. So obviously, it’s not that big of a deal to most people, even the ones that hurl epithets to fit in with the crowd. You know, the ones who do shit ‘just to get a rep,’ so to speak.
Personally, I couldn’t care less. I’ve befriended quite a few gay dudes in my life, & I can honestly say that A) not one has attempted to rape me, & B) they don’t sit around & talk about their sexual conquests. Just to be on the safe side though, I don’t eat popsicles or corn on the cob around them. Miscommunication can happen in the blink of an eye.
It’s to the point to where only a fool would shake his pretentious, proverbial fist at the gay lifestyle. & I say that as a man who, wholeheartedly, doesn’t not advocate it. I don’t condone nor attempt to quantify reasoning for same sex relationships. But, what the hell does it really have to do with me? Until the hand of God Sodom & Gomorrah‘s us, it’s not my concern or responsibility where a man does or does not place his “Exit Only” sign. From a statistical stand point though, there’s a gay rapper out there. I doubt he’s in a hurry to wave his hands in the air, though. With the omnipotent ‘Net shadowing the lives of the famous & the nameless alike, I wouldn’t be so quick to admit something of that magnitude myself. Some things are better kept in the darkness for as long as possible, & I totally understand that. I’m old enough to know that there’s only 2 types of people in life: allies & enemies. There’s no room for skin color & sexual preference in either category.
I don’t think Guru was gay, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being abnormally curious as to the inner workings of his ties to Solar, even a couple of weeks after his passing. Either way you slice it, Guru’s one of the true pioneers who rightfully earned the title ‘Legend.’ & he did it before he died, unlike a lot of the “great ones” who expired prematurely. God bless his family.
Solar “defends” his reputation against ConspiracyWorldwide. #fail.