Though Mister Cee stepped up right away, it was always going to be Premier–who, after all, made all this music with Guru in the first place–who got the last word. You will not be surprised to hear how hurt and angry Premier is: from the opening loop of “Betrayal” to his harrowing account of what it was like to visit Guru in the hospital while the MC was in the coma from which he’d never recover, this isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. “The fucked up thing is he died alone,” Preem says. Listen to the mix below, or at the DJ Premier blog.
As Hua Hsu points out, there’s also a formidable collection of Gang Starr rarities at Know the Ledge. Start anywhere.