My days in youth were spent many a times rollin through Lake Mary and New Symrna Beach with my high school friends, Kurt, Leslie, Clint. I'm not one to get super sentimental over losing people. I'm pretty apathetic these days. The industry almost forces you to be this way. I am human after all.
Anyways, the reason why I chose to remember Guru as someone super influential to me is because I have so many memories surrounding the "Moment of Truth" Album.
My older bro and I used to throw crazy hip-hop house parties when we were in high school too. The 5-disk cd player in our kitchen usually consisted of A Tribe called Quest, The Roots, Gangstarr, Wu-Tang Clan and Nas. My borther was the Dj then. I just listened to "stick man music." (Saves the Day, Tortoise, Deerhoof, the Faint, etc.)
Even though I was always an indie rocker, I still loved hip-hop. It was the one sound that we could all agree upon. After a while I ended up with a similar CD collection as my older brother, then I went deeper into the underground, finding labels like, def jux, anticon and stonesthrow. The first batch of records I started playing out and collecting was all hip-hop-, downtempo, dub-reggae and experimental cuts.
Anyways, back to the Guru, if It wasn't for hip-hop and intelligent rhyme schemes, I probably wouldn't be the same music asshole I am today.
It just sucks I never got to see him or a Gangstarr Reunion Show before he passed.