.
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

Editor's Note:  Welcome to CNN Radio Music Notes – your backstage pass to all things music!  From intimate conversations with headliners to the latest scoop on your favorite Indie band, hang out with us to find out what's happening in the world of music.

 Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(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."

Before he ever had a studio session with Jay-Z, Young Guru was a student at Howard University, where he saw the early inception of Bad Boy Records and landed some of his early engineering gigs.

From there he traveled to New York City and connected with Jay-Z through a mutual friend and rapper, Memphis Bleek. The two ended up making their first recording:

[15:05] "He basically was like, 'What are you doing for the rest of the week?' I'm like it's Jay-Z, whatever you need be to be doing!"

Today, Young Guru is as busy as he's ever been. Between working with Jay-Z on scoring "The Great Gatsby" to going outside the music industry as an educator with Georgia Tech's Ear Sketch program and GRAMMY U's Era of the Engineer lecture series, Young Guru's name is sure to pop up in more places.

He says of his legacy (and obligation) as an educator:

[25:00] "I would want people to understand and see that I was more than music and I tried to help out and that I tried to give information and I tried to educate people."

Posted by
Filed under: CNN Radio Music Notes • Culture • Entertainment • Soundwaves • Stories • Voices
soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. plr article

    The reason why Capcom does these series is because they really sell well. Why would someone want to continue to do some thing when it isnt successful, but when the other alternative is? plr article http://www.pingplr.com/

    April 24, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. hdsgn00

    I do not follow Hip-Hop/go for the music. BUT be happy for those who have made a name for themselves. This gentleman going to Howard University, Jay-Z, P-Diddy (their own success), and we can only imagine what would have become of Tupac-Shakur , had he lived his (full) life...

    April 16, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. MMAXX

    Great interview love getting a different perspective on albums from people who were there besides the artists.

    April 16, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • NooYawkah

      Yeah, too bad they could only find the front mug shot for this article. I would have liked to see the profile shot as well.

      April 16, 2013 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Big_Slim

    Very interesting interview. Everyone has a view and should be accepted as such. Everyone should hold their torch high and not worry about blowing others out. That is, if they have a torch and it is lit.

    April 16, 2013 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Rufus T

      No, but I got's a blunt, it's lit

      April 16, 2013 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. superbowldreaming

    While people are posting ignorant comments about this interview, Gimmel "Guru" Keaton, travels the world, does what he loves and educates and inspires aspiring musicians through his work with Georgia Tech's Ear Sketch program and GRAMMY U's Era of the Engineer lecture series. Personally, I knew him at Howard University. He was talented, intelligent, and a very nice person then. If you do not like hip-hop that is fine. Please do not insult those who make it or listen to it. For those who are posting ignorant comments, list some of your accomplishments. What have you done with your life? Judgment is the domain of God. Insults are the domain of idiots.

    April 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. superbowldreaming

    While people make ignorant comments about Gimmel "Guru" Keaton he travels the world, speaks at universities, and educates aspiring musicians about sound engineering through his work with Georgia Tech's Ear Sketch program and GRAMMY U's Era of the Engineer lecture series. I knew him at Howard University. He is very talented, educated, and a great person. If you do not like or understand hip-hop, that is fine. Why insult those involved and accuse them of being ignorant or thugs. What have you done with your life?

    April 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. elliott Carlin

    Love the responses from those overzealous supporters of all things popular culture. We're so intelligent typing away about the intellectual capacity of JayZ, or the existential effects of American Idol.

    Our current culture is essentially trash. We elevate non-talent and adore people who are famous for being famous.

    We'll also use all of our emotions (and no brains) when it comes to restricting rights from Sandy Hook, but look the other way when a Dr. Gosnell in Philly is slicing babies spinal cords.

    Yep, we're really an evolved species.

    April 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Preach!

      April 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      outstanding!

      April 16, 2013 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. BB

    Jay Z earns an "A" for lyrical skills with music, but an "D" on musical content...he is unlike most of today's rappers that only rap about money, women, and cars. I'm no hater, but it seems as if he is the Warren Buffet of hip-hop, people mainly WORSHIP him mainly because he is ultra rich. How many narcissistic songs that you can make about bragging on yourself and what you got? On the sly, it seems as if he is rubbing his wealthly lifestyle in our faces–no different than Thurston Howell III from giligan's island.

    April 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunny

      How do you think he got so rich?

      April 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gotyours Chase

        Great read, nice to see the behind the scenes of music, As for Jay, the greatest of all time hands down, people that think he
        is just famous for being famous should remember that its been over 10 years of hard work and dedication from him and self promotion is what the game is all about. Would love to see what Big or Pac would think of his work if they where still around, Greatest of all time-

        April 16, 2013 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. YoungQ

    I'm reading these comments and it's as if the point of this whole interview was lost on Jay-Z, Nas, and sampling. This isn't about Jay-Z. This is about Gimel Androus "Young Gury" Keaton. He is an engineer who can do any and all types of music. He is a person who would be able to resurrect Metallica so they would rock like they did on the Black Album and Pre-Black Album era. He would be their Bob Rock before he became bored producing Metallica. Point is; this man is a genius. All Music Producers and audio engineers will agree that Young Guru is a genius. Self-taught musicians/producers/engineers will always be a step ahead of their peers who were taught Music in some Music School or an Art Institute. Self-taught musicians/producers/engineers work by trial and error. They discover new techniques and develop their own style. It is what distinguishes them from musicians who were taught by a teacher. Respect this man. This man is a true artist. He will be remembered and his input on Jay-Z's record will forever be remembered. Young Guru, you're a genius man! Thank you for inspiring me throughout the last 14 years!

    April 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. J.B. Long

    Excellent interview from er and the ee – Can we hear from Just Blaze next?

    April 15, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SomethingToSay8484

    Sound engineer? For rap? Hmmm. Grab some tired bass line that someone else stole from someone else. Throw in a drum machine. Get some dude with a 70 IQ to say a bunch of random crap, throwing in a copious smattering of F bombs and N bombs. Voila!

    April 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD

      @somethingtosay if that's all you had to say...you probably should have said nothing. If its that easy...where are you millions? Smh...the nerve and the ignorance of some people behind a keyboard never ceases to amaze me...

      April 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • SomethingToSay8484

        I'm sure it speaks to you in some tribal way. But it is not music. Sorry

        April 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
        • Realness

          tribal? ignorant statement towards black people? thats juss dumb an immature to say... An lets be honest many many artists from classic rock use very very simple rhyme schemes. Usually couplets. Most rappers have much more of an intellectual wordplay. AND as far as subject matter its the exact same as it has been the past 50 years. SEX, DRUGS, AND ROCK AN ROLL. If you dont like rappers subject matters you can blame all the WHITE people who made the rolling stones magazine famous years ago. I mean seriously what do you want out of music?? The rappers are just making the same music spiced up in a different way. True the instrumentation can lack some originality at times since there is no band and the beat is coming from just a single mind instead of a group, but as far as the lyrics are concerned its been the same the past 50 years. Mainstream music is just like any other media outlet. The public loves provocative lyrics about sex and drugs, and that will not change anytime soon. Also i guess it does kinda have a tribal feel...... Tribe Called Quest maybe???

          April 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
        • Jay77

          So sad to hear such ignorance

          April 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
        • 2fresh 2clean

          SomethingToSay8484, even if it does say something in a tribal way to someone, mighty funny a lot of white people listen to it and try to do it.

          April 16, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
        • joe

          dammit...some guy online doesn't think it's music...DAMN! I always though it was music...now I don't know what to think!

          April 16, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
        • joe

          you guys are still questioning him? Why? he said rap is not music. He's the authority of music! If he says so, you have to just accept it. We're all idiots for not liking the same music as him. Only his music tastes are good. Ours are bad. And we're poopy heads too!

          April 16, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Gunny

      Thanks for representing the 70 IQ crowd.

      April 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2fresh 2clean

      Your IQ must be lower than 70 because I know for sure you can't rap. Even if you tried.

      April 16, 2013 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      dude you should totally make a rap song and make millions! Easy money right? Oh, right, you couldn't make a rap song anyone would want to listen to. Too bad. You're just like your dad who said rock and roll was the end of civilization and his dad before him who said the same thing about jazz. Wake up, grandpa.

      April 16, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. tex

    great piece

    April 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. C.S.Carter

    I normally dont post comments like this, but I just couldnt leave without stating how much I really enjoyed the audio interview w/ Young Guru. I am a huge fan of music and of Jay-Z. Congrats to Young Guru and all his success. Thanks CNN! Keep up the good work Guru

    April 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kat

    So many racist comments and stereotypes. Geez. Just bunch rappers together because they are African-American, they are dumb, right? Thugs, all of them, right? Nothing to say, and oh scoring a film like the Great Gatsby! Should a movie "like that" only be scored by a white, older male musician? Does that make you uncomfortable that a black man is scoring a "white" movie? I don't think Jay Z is the best rapper around, but I respect and admire his work ethic, his desire and drive to succeed in business. I agree with BJD; I love hearing about people who aren't often written about or known but are making an impact and have talent.

    April 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SomethingToSay8484

      What is a Jay-Z, please?

      April 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gunny

        A guy people pay to hear when HE has something to say. What are you getting?

        April 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Realness

    JAY Z is the truthe... True his recent stuff if boogie an BIG MONEY talk so its not as easy to relate for the average listener, but thats no reason to hate on the man. He cant talk about the same stuff if he as a person is progressing in his life. He still keeps it real, I just cant relate to him anymore, but that doesnt mean i dont like the man. Thats the reason why down south music is so popular nowadays cause everyone can relate. Half the stuff they talk about doin anyone can go out an do, Sippin lean, smokin weed, goin to the strip club..... this is why people like that genre of music right now. In all seriousness though the rap game is suuuuuper weak in comparison to the late nineties an early 2000's. New York rap use to be on top but has seen its better days. Just give the man JAY some respect for still being the king of new york. AND yes i LOVE NAS but honestly, what has that man done lately? An dont say hes just an underground rapper now, if you are successful and want to continue to be successful you have to mix it up an give the public what they want. Its not his fault that the public now wants to eat hotdogs an burgers instead of his gourmet lyrics an rhyme scheme, but c'mon man, you cant say NAS is better than JAY currently while remaining obsolete in the recent years in the public persona.

    April 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • anoneeee

      In response to "realness", Nas is far from underground, to call him underground is hilarious. He's as MAJOR as it gets. His music and image is as polished as Miley Cyrus'.

      April 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Realness

        He was as mainstream.... His name has started to dwindle. An I mean this in the sense of the new an upcoming rap listeners. He is obsolete as far as they are concerned. True he still sells out when he performs but there is way less demand to hear from him. Even non hip hop heads can tell u a bunch of recent songs jay z has been on, i highly doubt they can do the same for nas. One Mic is probably the last song most people can remember from NAS. I personally love NAS, but he has fallen off the radar in the past few years. An when i say underground i mean his style an beat selection, they are far from mainstream. This doesnt mean hes not a good rapper anymore, it just means he is way less marketable. Thats all I was tryin to say. You have to live under a rock if you have never heard of NAS, but c'mon man MILEY CYRUS? he is no where near a household name as her. Everyone knows her name any race any religion any sexual preference.... not nas.

        April 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Stan S

    IDidn't know intelligent people needed guru's..... Didn't know members of the "illuminati" needed guru's. Oh wait, maybe the whole thing is a donkey show.

    April 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JammyJam

      First off: intelligent people don't add an apostrophe where one is not required, i.e. it is "gurus" and not "guru's." Second: intelligent people don't get swindled with weird conspiratorial theories about "illuminati." Geez.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2fresh 2clean

      Oh, like your whole family, Stan S?

      April 16, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  17. pedalmikester

    disable comments. so many ignorant comments.

    April 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. gaptherockstar

    Have a hard time with the art form as do a lot of people I meet. Copying someones music than calling yourself an artist. I liked Curtis Blow back in the day when I went clubbing but how many rhymers have used his music. 50 or 100 songs. When i hear this stuff I think of the first time I heard the music then I yawn and find something where the artist writes the lyrics, writes some music and has put the effort into learning to play a instrument. Guess I'm a real old fart. Plus they take such great pride in vulgarity as there only form of expression. There are plenty of creative people out there that work a bit harder at their creative expression. I know they have talent but i will always look else where.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Music

      Well you're mentioning Kurtis Blow (with a "K") one of the 1st rappers. Who would he have to mimick? History repeats itself and also changes. Every genre of music does it.

      April 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Guy

      Ya know I've gotta say. This comment was rather ignorant. Why are your reading an article about the engineer of a Rapper when you checked out of the genre after Kurtis Blow??

      If you listened to most current Rap artists, I would understand and support (some of) your opinion.

      But that comment was just downright disrespectful.

      April 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • natesummars

      No offense, but biting heads off of rodents and having sex with pigs on stage isn't vulgar?

      April 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mr Music

    What's funny is half the haters making comments have probably failed at their wannabe rap careers or goals, and need to hate on someone great to make themselves feel good. Understand you sit hear and complain about JayZ's lyrics but no one is forcing you to keep listening lol. There is an off button duuhhh!!! You mad? Let the man be successful.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  20. mo

    had the priviledge to see guru do a dj set at the ciaa a couple of years ago. a-maz-ing! pleasant surprise!

    April 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Arguello #1

    Jay-Z worse rapper ever!! sell out! No skills, NON AT ALL! if funny how rich people can take a scrubby a.s.s. Rapper like this cat and make the people LIKE HIM, LOL :) is like there telling us " the kids will like what we tell them to like" suckers!! ima liave it at that and ill say it like the BEST RAPPER IN HISTORY SD IT "F*&%@ JAY-Z!!! REALNESS!!

    April 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • @AmirTheStrong

      Like any ignorant person who doesn't deep deeper in order to learn the truth, you're entitled to your simple opinion. Jay Z has already proved himself as a prominent rapper in the 80's and 90's. He doesn't have the hunger he once had as far as rap skill, but to last over 3 decades in the cruel music industry should tell you something about him.

      April 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  22. natesummars

    Every person must define success for himself or herself, so why would anyone care about the comments of someone hiding behind an IP Address.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  23. BROWNONER

    ILLUMINATI GOT A HOLD OF YOUR MIND, SOUL AND YOUR BODY...

    April 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  24. cdub2k

    Dude is a tick away from 40
    Time to drop "Young" from your nickname man

    April 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Gary

    Nice little read about Guru. I like Music engineering, but I am tired of reading about JAY-Z. WHile the music sounds good the rapping and lyrics are awful.

    April 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Righteous

    Jay-Z stood behind the president at the inauguration.....Jay-Z was criticized by POLITICIANS for not reaching out more to people on his vacation to Cuba......

    April 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYC Liberal Stereotype

      Please don't post anything ever again.

      April 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. TheMan

    Garbage pop. Sell out.

    April 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • heywood

      not pop, just garbage. Very bad and very smelly garbage, void of artistic merit, talent, or music. Really really bad.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • My Dog is Smarter than You

        hmmm, no talent, void of artistic ability? Just highly successful for absolutely no reason. I am sure you are doing much better than Jay. Great post genius

        April 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
        • heywood

          what is his musical talent? singing? playing an instrument? Id say its playing people like you, who have no clue what music is, obviously, and taking your money by telling you how great of a musical artist he is. Just tell me where the musical part is, simple question, talking to music dosent count, so now answer my question, genius, or you too busy buying that new poor excuse for music he put out on itunes? Ill wait.

          April 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • 2REAL

        You know lil youngsta, I was in your shoes once before.....we drunk a lot of haterade and it shows. Now, you tell me he aint on top of game......artist, CEO, part owner of NBA team, married one of the most paid artist in music today

        April 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
        • 2REAL

          Hey"wood" head, let's talk about facts.........Everything I said was true but what you are saying is an opinion. You don't like certain rappers, ok.......OPINION!!!!! Now, I didn't say he was the best, I'm just stating facts.(FYI, Andre 3000 the best) NEXT!!!

          April 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rap at the best

    He the best dj

    April 15, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • PoPo

      Yo this dude look like a Village People Police.

      April 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • gjack

        Wow! These are some of the DUMBEST comments that I have ever seen... Who cares about his appearance or Jay-Z.? This is about a person's talents and ability to sustain in an outstanding career after college. God people do everything has to be so dang mean spirited. What in the world is our life becoming that we can't recognize a person's talents and abilities without personally attacking them. If you don't have anything nice to say keep your mouth closed. You jealous mean HATERS…..

        April 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
        • heywood

          if this article is about musical talent, why is Jay Z mentioned? he dosent sing, play an instrument, his voice is pretty nasil and he does drone on and on about nonsense, but that neither makes him musical or talented. please explain.

          April 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
        • Kat

          Rap is not dead. Some rap, just ain't good. Rick Ross is the one who is disgusting; quit putting women down like we're animals to be controlled. Drug us and fuc# us. That's sick. Transform your message and your lyrics to project something not so inhumane and degrading. There's plenty to rap about that real, rape is a crime Rick Ross. We are all struggling together to survive, to thrive, to be happy, so...... quit hating on women Rick Ross and others who think women are pieces of property. Props to Young Guru for his talent and for his desire and efforts to educate others.

          April 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Ben K

    The real question here is.......Why is Jay-Z scoring "The Great Gatsby"????............why is that happening? How can his rapping benefit a movie like that?..............it is the dumbing down of the entertainment industry as a whole!

    April 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MoMO

      who is forcing you watch??? is this the dumbing down of people's intellect??

      April 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derrick H

      hahaha thats a dumb worry to have ben. you are extremely naive to think that just because jay-z is scoring the soundtrack that its gonna be rap. thats simply not true and it dosent make sense like you stated….so thats probably not going to be the case.

      April 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LadyK

      Who said he's rapping on it. Their musical talents go beyond rap. This isn't their first musical score to movie. You've heard plenty and just didn't know it.

      April 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prettypiper

      It's called Dollars, Dollars, and a networking database worth millions. Now for you John Doe, I suggest you keep asking that question. Check please!!

      April 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • heywood

      Maybe thay just cant find anyone who can sing or who actually has some musical talent to do it so they called Jay z, the only thing i can think of. They could have called his wife maybe since she has ALL of the musical talent in that family.

      April 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2fresh 2clean

      Ben K, I'm sure what ever kind of trash I mean music you listen to helps stimulate the mind.

      April 16, 2013 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  30. Jay X

    Rap is dead.

    April 15, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • MoMO

      YET rap artist still make millions and give concert all over the world.

      April 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • usabeotch

        You spit or swallow?

        April 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • heywood

        because, it seems, people who have never ever ever heard music think that the rappers are musically talented. sad, isent it?

        April 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
        • 2fresh 2clean

          Heywood, rap is music and it is a talent. The definition of a talent is an art everyone can not do and I'm quite sure you can't rap.

          April 16, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  31. Trizza

    He never proclaimed to be the Original Guru...... Actually nobody is the original anything!!!!! He speaka highly intelligent and he thoroughly explained how he got the name Guru; never being without a book! I so RESPECT that!!!!

    April 15, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Angy

      AMEN AND AMEN!!!!!!

      April 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  32. The Defender

    GURU is the man. Nuff said.

    April 15, 2013 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Sad Truth

      Even your closest friends and family don't value your opinion.

      April 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sinseers

      If you mean GURU from GangStarr, then yeh.....GURU was the man......

      April 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  33. steve

    no wonder Jay Z is a total failure

    April 15, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • kano

      I think you equate failure and success far different than the rest of the world.

      April 15, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard Allen

      If being valued at 500 million dollars is failure, you can count me in!

      April 15, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonnathan

      I wish i could be a failure with $500 million and known piratically everywhere

      April 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • IndianaGreg

        And Beyonce next to me in bed every night!

        April 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
        • heywood

          you mean the only musical talent j z has, thats what sleeps next to him

          April 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LadyK

      Yeah, lot's of failures end up on the cover of Forbes with Warren Buffett.

      April 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • 88 H8ters

        Like George Bush. Sell out.

        April 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angy

      If you think Jay-Z is a failure, then I want to fail just like he did. Stop the hate. I am not a big fan of rap but millions and millions of people all over the WORLD like it. He rap about what he has lived.

      April 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Milago Tretvak

    The real Guru died a few years back.

    April 15, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Trizza

      http://cnnradio.cnn.com/2013/04/14/cnn-radio-music-notes-meet-jay-zs-guru/comment-page-1/?replytocom=40781#respond He never proclaimed to be the Original Guru...... Actually nobody is the original anything!!!!! He speaka highly intelligent and he thoroughly explained how he got the name Guru; never being without a book! I so RESPECT that!!!!

      April 15, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • sinseers

      Thanks....I totally agree....GangStarr has got to be the sho-shot...

      April 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  35. nc1965

    JZ is given way too much news time.

    He's nothing more than a thug with a 9 figure income. Who also has a wife that once bought an establishment for $5 million so that she would not have to use the bathroom with regular people, only to sell it for $2 million.

    You can take the thug out of the hood but you can't take the hood out of the thug.

    April 15, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • TERRANCE

      HEY DUMB ASS. THIS ARTICLE IS NOT ABOUT JAY-Z IT'S ABOUT YOUNG GURU. MAYBE IF YOU WORRIED LESS ABOUT THERE INCOME AND MORE ABOUT YOUR LIFE YOU WOULD HAVE TIME TO HATE ON HIM OR ANYBODY ELSE. BY THE WAY JAY-Z IS A BUSINESS MAN AND AN ENTERTAINER, NOT A THUG. "YOU CAN TAKE THE THUG OUT OF THE HOOD BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HOOD OUT OF THE THUG?" YOU SOUND RIDICULOUS.

      April 15, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
      • jefflazrn

        Terrence, Jay-Z is Black and successful. How else would you expect people to react to him. That's why they hate on him so much.

        April 15, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
        • greennnnnn

          Justin Beiber is "successful" too but he's also a no-talent hack, like Jay Z. LOL. Kardashians are "successful" too. They are also no-talent hacks and media ho's. So, you see, being "successful" don't mean much, does it? One can suck and be successful, as evidenced by my very few examples.

          April 15, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
        • NYC_Disaster

          Hey Green, if Jay-Z have no talent, what does that says about you?

          April 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • thug defender

      and you're a racist peice of shit who needs to be targeted.

      April 15, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • skegeeace

      LOL Define "thug". I'm not sure he qualifies based on my interpretation of the word.

      April 15, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      @greennnnnn, Jay-Z a not talent hack? You don't like hip hop, fine. But don't bring your elitist butt in here trying to talk about something you don't understand in the least. Bieber and Kardashian got lucky. Jay-Z worked for over 25 years refining his craft. Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, Black Album are all critically acclaimed by respected music minds. You may not like hip hop, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world shares your close-minded view of music. If you can't tell the difference between someone like Justin Bieber and Jay-Z, it's your loss.

      April 15, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • KJH16

      I could be wrong, but "thugs" don't get invites to presidential inaugurations, and have Donald Trump and Warren Buffet on speed dial.

      April 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonnathan

      BLACK AND SUCCESSFUL = racist hate.

      April 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hulk Seth Rogan Hogan

        Hip Hop faker than wrestiling.

        April 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Lenora

    Excellent interview. Love Guru's work.

    April 15, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  37. heywood

    This guy cant find someone with a lick of musical talent to produce? Maybe Mr/ Carters wife, the one with the only musical talent in the family. Let him make deals, but that crap he puts out as music is pathetic. Seriously, he cant sing or play an instrument and just drones on and on about nonsense. Has anybody ever listened to this guy talk? Wheres the musical part of the speech?

    April 15, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • The Defender

      you obvisouly forgot the fact they make millions and millions of dollars for the music that you hate. Who is out of touch. You or them?

      April 15, 2013 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • greennnnnn

        The people that buy that garbage are the ones out of touch. You serious? LOL.

        April 15, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
        • scruffz

          And what have you accomplished in life, exactly?

          April 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • 2REAL

        Hey Defender, let's ignore heywood.........Jigga can't rap to him but, he'll probably tell you his favorite rapper is Gucci Mane and/or Lil Boosie.(yall goofy talk) Dat shit go hard!! Lol

        April 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      It's called hip-hop. It's a new genre, maybe you've heard of it. I love seeing people like you. "Dagnabbit, there's no instruments or nutthin'. How in the name of sam hill is this music?!". Little history lesson. Hip hop started in the ghetto because they couldn't afford instruments, but they had record players and makeshift drum sets. They'd have a beat playing and then they'd recite poetry over it. Over time, it evolved to include samples and such, but the main components are still the drum beat and the recitations. The recitations consist of a rhythm as well. Jay-Z is known for his unique rhythm as well as double-entendres, internal rhyming, and flow. Yes he raps about money because he came from nothing and in the rap community, coming from poverty to riches is something that is respected (maybe because of the years of persecution African-Americans faced from the government and the people of the US). Now, you should know that you are a dying breed. Most people acknowledge the artistic integrity of rap. Just because there is a brag-worthy nature to it (stemming from the fact that in the early days of hip-hop, rappers would hang out on corners just kickin' rhymes at each other and messing with each other, thus the creation of the rap battle), doesn't make it any less of an art that your good old Lynyrd Skynyrd. In fact, it makes it unique. Most art forms are unwilling to be up front about their success even if they feel it. Hip hop is unfiltered. You're happy about the money you've made? Go ahead, say it. What's wrong with being happy with your success? You like having sex? Go ahead, but make it clever. As long as the flow is dope, the rhyme structure is clever, rap about whatever you want. Usually, the rappers that are most respected, however, have greater thoughts. 2Pac, Nas, KRS-One. Then there are rappers that may not have grand thoughts, but have flow beyond belief (the rhythm). Biggie, Rakim. Jay-Z falls in the middle. He plays to both worlds. So, keep hating hip-hop til the day you die, but just know that you'll be viewed by your kids as the people who listened to hard rock and psychedelic rock and called it the devil's music. Basically, your opinion is outdated and obsolete. You are obsolete. Good day

      April 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        James, I agree with some of what you said, but Hip Hop and Rap are 2 different music genres. Rap not Hip hop came first. Hip hop is the majority of what we have now being played in the clubs and on the radio. maybe I read your comment wrong but to say Biggie and Pac didnt have flow you must be crazy!! Pac, Biggie and Nas all better then JayZ. Jay Z is a hip hop artist. His lyrics have nothing on the 3 I stated above and to really upset some people Eminem is one of the sickest out even KRS 1 talked about eminem's rap 3am sick lyrics. Rappers tell a story. Hip Hop artist talk about money, hoe's and a bunch of other sh!t most of us will never have make a million and then move on to the next song. Think about what you heard in the 80's and 90' (rap) and listen to what is coming out now (hip- hop)...huge difference!!

        April 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scoop

        Tom Dowd would give this guy respect. You should too.

        April 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Soren

        Great description of this modern music. I'm a little old to appreciate it (my own interest stopped with Mozart and Bach), but aside from the nasty comment at the end, very enlightening. Thanks from an old white man.

        April 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Singer

        James, your kids will be laughing at what you listen to today. It happens to every generation. Rap/Hip-Hop will continue to have its time, but remember–rock artists thought they'd be around forever too.

        April 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYC_Disaster

      I remember Oasis said the same thing until he gone on stage in London recently and played guitar solo and blew the crowd away. Artist like Kanye and even Lil Wayne can actually play musical instruments but it is not necessary at this day and age.

      April 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sinseers

      Truthfully, i can respect Young GURUs catalog of work. As a sound guy myself, I can appreciate a good professional mix even from songs that i dont even like. But you have to have an ear for that sort of thing. Admittedly though, I sometimes find myself studying a song's technical attributes when i should be just flat out enjoying a song for what it is........a song.

      April 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2fresh 2clean

      Heywood, I know your wife and kids listen to black music and you hate the fact that they do. But it's O.K.

      April 16, 2013 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  38. Music Fan

    ...That's it? What a short, lame, and totally uninforming article about such a talented man. This is junk food journalism at it's cheapest.

    April 15, 2013 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Music Fan

      Yeah, I see there is more to listen to, but not everyone has time to listen to news.

      April 15, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Yeah, CNN always does this. It's shame. They could really give some of the mainstream public some knowledge about the talented minds out there, not just in music either.

      April 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Nick G.

    Guru as a musical figure needs moer exposure like this. Jigga can thank him for so much of his success.

    GURU!

    April 15, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  40. Mr_SoleAvenger

    Always been a huge fan of Young Guru, this interview just made me admire his work even more. Thank you CNN!

    April 15, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  41. l3gaci

    Reblogged this on L3GACI.

    April 15, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  42. MoMO

    because he is black???

    April 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  43. LadyK

    Why, what did he do? He's a sound engineer, is that a crime now!

    April 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Alaxander Srarzec

    rap is dead.... send him to prison!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  45. NYC Liberal Stereotype

    'cause you are.

    April 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Gary

    and to you, James R Hoffa, you're a cantaloupe.

    April 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  47. BJD

    Great article and audio interview. Need more like it. I love hearing about people who many have never heard of but are making a huge impact in society.

    April 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  48. 2fresh 2clean

    Rap isn't dead. There's still the underground rap which hasn't been touch by the "Man".

    April 16, 2013 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  49. AlanS

    Musical? Yeah. Newsworthy? No. Extra hard to believe this is a frontpage cnn link when Americans are getting blown up. This is how CNN's race to the bottom is being won. Cuba is smaller than florida yet boasts 4 times the number of prisons. Florida 140, cuba 545. Jayz sign the guestbook at Batista prison? Make a belieber outta me J!

    April 16, 2013 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 115 other followers