Rhyme Report

Published on April 29th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Young Guru speaks At M.I.T. on Jay Z’s success, Jadakiss, and Will Smith Featured

Young Guru was a guest panelist at MIT on March 6th, courtesy of the Arts at MIT & Lyor Cohen’s newest venture “TapTape“, which was developed at M.I.T.

So how did Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, a small engineer from Delaware get to play such an instrumental role in the career of most arguably rap’s biggest super star? Young Guru first got his shine with Jay Z when he was working with Beanie Siegel. Jay had popped into the session to check on his artist, and he liked the way that Guru would speak his honesty. This honesty would be as simple as telling Beans that his verse was whack, but no one would have the audacity to speak this way at that time. Young Guru’s audacity is what has allowed Jay Z to remain loyal to him throughout these years.

Guru then reflected on Jay Z maturing from a local drug dealer to where his status is today. Being able to have a healthy marriage, to raising a beautiful child in this world. No one is a drug dealer forever Guru stated. But feeling remorse from the drug dealers way of life, ruining families lives and tearing apart communities is the perspective that allowed Jay Z to be likened. Admitting your wrongs, and trying to uplift others is the honesty that’s needed to succeed. Young Guru then quoted a Jadakiss line where Kiss said that he needed a whale scale to weigh all of his quote. He stated that no man has that much coke that you need a whale scale to weigh it.

One of the greatest parts of the evening was Young Guru speaking on Will Smith. He said that most in the room remember Will Smith from a television show, but he remembers him from house parties in Philly back in High School, where Will would be backing up DJ Jazzy Jeff. Not everyone in society is a drug dealer, tell your own story that fits true to you is what Guru consistently preached throughout the evening, and Will Smith is the perfect example of this.

It’s really admirable seeing a renowned university such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, taking a bold risk supporting hip-hop.

Check out Part 1 of the 3 part interview series below and catch Part 2 & 3 on JustWhooKid.com

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