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CNN Radio Music Notes: Meet Jay-Z's 'Guru'
Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay’s 11 albums, and has earned himself a number of shout-outs on Jay-Z’s tracks paying homage to his exceptional skills behind the boards.
April 14th, 2013
10:27 AM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: Meet Jay-Z's 'Guru'

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

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(CNN) – In the world of music the engineer is rarely seen and hardly ever given their props. Well, as Jay-Z's personal engineer, Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton is not your average man behind the boards and in the studio.

For this edition of CNN Radio Music Notes, we sat down with Young Guru to find out how the Grammy-nominated 39-year-old became one of the most sought after engineers in the business.

One thing he wanted to make clear from the start, was the extent of his relationship with Jay-Z:

[1:22] "People sometimes get that misconstrued too. They think that I'm in Jay-Z's personal life. I have nothing to do with his personal life. You can ask me anything about his music, but I'm not with him in the morning when he wakes up. We don't eat breakfast together. We make music together."

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