Guru (Keith Elam) was one of the best rappers to ever come out of Boston. He had a distinct raspy voice with a smooth delivery that made him unique. He formed Gang Starr with the legendary DJ Premier. Unfortunately Guru lost his battle with cancer in 2010. I was listening to these guys on the way into work this morning and thinking of how unfair it was that he was passed over during the remembrance portion of the Grammys last year.
He was a brilliant man that came from a solid family and always gave back to the community. I got to meet Keith once years back, and just wanted post my own remembrance of this great guy from Roxbury….
We read a lot about our neighborhood on a day-to-day basis with most of it being negative. I’m not going to blame anyone for what happens here….I’m a true believer that money (or lack there of) is the root of crime in any neighborhood. With poverty comes problems…the Irish went through their bad times, the Italians…ect. Bin Laden would have never had followers if Afghan’s had a solid economic engine.
I enjoy good stories…..especially those intertwined with our history. I ran across Sidewalk Memories a few years back. These folks put together a documentary about the Jewish experience in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury. My father (an Irishman) absolutely raved about the preview because he saw tons of his old haunts flash across the screen….and was able to spot some familiar faces. His face lit up as he proclaimed, “We where poor but it was the best of times…our neighborhood was incredible.”
Sidewalk Memories gives you an idea of what life was like in Dot back in the day. There was a general sense of pride in the neighborhood. When you look at the photos and see the videos….although you step back in time, you get a sense of the full potential of the neighborhoods. Could you imagine what a 3 bedroom apartment in Grove Hall would be worth today if it looked like Brookline? We are talking about some of the most prime real estate in Boston. Oh the money that I would make at my burger joint on Blue Hill ave. The Starbucks in 5 corners would have a line around the block every morning.
I think we all need a reminder from time to time about how special this place really is.
So the BPS Superintendant wants to move Latin Academy over to Hyde Park from Grove Hall and people are pissed? Seriously? This is a no brainer….I mean why would you want to send your brainiac kid into the middle of gangland to study? I get the biggest kick out of the Grove Hall residents who are pissed it might leave. Like dude…did you not notice the fucking 2 year old with the 9mm hanging out of his huggies? Everyone over there packs heat. Clean up your fucking neighborhood and people might stop moving out….SHOLOM!! Yup I said it….the Jewish folks saw the writing on the wall back in the 60′s.