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Review: Kumaré

Kumaré, an Indian guru who walks barefoot and carries a staff and a small rattan suitcase, preaches that he is an illusion, and he is.
Duping yoga-mad Americans
By ANN LEWINSON  |  August 31, 2012

[phlipcam video] DJ Premier @ the Paradise

If you need evidence that time heals all wounds, look no further than Saturday's UNITY FEST, arriving a bit more than a year following Guru's...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  May 23, 2011 Publishes The Complete Boston Phoenix-Brownman Interview About Guru and Solar Publishes The Complete Boston Phoenix-Brownman Interview About Guru and Solar

A few months ago, in reporting on the strange life and death of hip-hop deity Guru, I was fortunate to get an incredibly candid interview...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 29, 2010

Flow of fresh air

Three years ago, Jaysaun, Slaine, and Edo G released an album and a statement with their Special Teamz debut, Stereotypes .
MC Jaysaun catches his own Breath
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 30, 2010

Rotten Apple

I appreciated your timely article on Apple’s evolution from underdog to corporate bully.
Letters to the Boston editor, May 28, 2010

Slideshow: History of Guru and Gang Starr

Here is our salute – in photo, audio, video, and writing – to a Roxbury legend and the vast Gang Starr legacy he left behind.
A collection of videos, photos, music and more from our archives
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2010


Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest 2010

An optimist would say that, despite some serious disappointments, last year’s Third Annual Boston Hip-Hop Unity Fest demonstrated just how peaceful the Bean rap scene really is.
For Unity Fest, the show must go on (for real this time)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010

The Big Hurt: The week in death

Back in January, I predicted that, because of medical advances and the prospect of universal health care, no musicians would die in this decade. Unfortunately, it hasn’t turned out that way.
 RIP Chilton, Guru, and editorial tact
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 30, 2010 Interviews Solar's Baby Mama About GURU Interviews Solar's Baby Mama About GURU

Props to Jake Paine from Hip-Hop DX for scoring (and transcribing) this remarkable interview with Solar's baby mama, who worked extensively with 7 Grand. It's...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 27, 2010

Guru death mystery

As mysterious as Guru was in his later years, the Roxbury-bred rap-and-jazz legend may soon prove to be more so in death.
Rapper’s final days mired in controversy
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010
GURU Tribute Round-Up (Obit Writers Just Out To Get A Rep?)

GURU Tribute Round-Up (Obit Writers Just Out To Get A Rep?)

As expected, GURU obits, tributes, and remembrances are turning up at a much faster pace than were, say, reviews of his last few albums. But...
By Chris Faraone  |  April 21, 2010


Rap legend Guru in a coma

"So whassup?" "Moment of truth." "Above the clouds?" "Credit is due." Those were just a few Gang Starr song-title sentiments that fans cried on social networks following the news that hip-hop legend Guru suffered a heart attack in New York City, where he
Shining Starr
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010
Gang Starr legend GURU out of coma, issues press release

Gang Starr legend GURU out of coma, issues press release

 The following article will appear in tomorrow's Boston Phoenix, which went to print late yesterday, before GURU released this statement to As reported, he...
By Chris Faraone  |  March 03, 2010

Tonight: History of Boston Hip-Hop comes alive at Enormous Room. Plus: Pacey Foster video and mixtape

This week in the Phoenix, Chris Faraone talks to PACEY FOSTER -- "the biggest nerd hip-hop historian in all of Boston" -- about Pacey's Boston...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 30, 2009

Guru's guru

When the Roxbury-born rapper Guru passed away April 19 in a hospital bed — succumbing to cancer at the age of 48 — the internationally renowned musician had not seen most of his lifelong friends and relatives in seven years.
How a mysterious Svengali dominated the final days of the Boston-born hip-hop and jazz superstar
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 01, 1900