The Hacked Emails That Expose Former Guru Partner Solar As the Most Evil Man In Hip-Hop
In the wake of one-time Gang Starr rapper Guru's death at the young age of 47, his latter day producer and partner Solar emerged as hip-hop's most loathed villain, accused of everything from denying Guru's family access to their dying kin to fabricating a deathbed statement from the rapper to starting a bogus charity in Guru's name. This weekend, someone hacked into Solar's AOL email account and posted a selection of messages via his also-hacked Twitter account. The anonymous hacker made public emails sent between Solar and various parties, including documents that seem to indicate that Solar is more evil than anyone could have even guessed. The emails appear to show that Solar forced Guru to tour instead of seeking medical help; that he controlled Guru's access to his own email account and various other web presences; that Solar owed money to multiple parties; and, perhaps most chillingly, that Solar attempted to pimp out unreleased music from Guru after the rapper's death.
SOTC contacted some of the parties named in the messages, and the emails appear to be authentic. Jake Paine, editor-in-chief of the website www.hiphopdx.com, confirmed that an email addressed to him from Solar's PR agency, YO! Promotions, was legitimate. A contact at a Japanese company Solar suggested might be interested in some previously unreleased music also confirmed that the email involving him was accurate. Additionally, the email accredited to Guru in the leaked correspondence (email@example.com) checks out as the same email he was using back in 2008 to warn journalists ahead of interviews that "all interviews have to involve both myself and Solar as we are a label, a company and a new force in hip-hop." Whoever is behind the hacked email account has promised that more messages will be leaked over the coming days. Until then, here are the ten most appalling revelations from what's turning into 2010's biggest hip-hop soap opera.
Solar Endangered Guru's Health
An email from an unnamed sender alleges that a doctor told Guru that his condition could be cured within "3 months," but that Solar went against this advice and "pressed him for the tour." It goes on to state, "I can't understand how you let him suffer and then in the end now have him go out with a lack of respect so people know his nails were long and he was ungroomed." On his radio show tribute, Guru's former partner DJ Premier reiterated the same point about Guru's lack of grooming in the hospital. Solar's response to the email accusations reads as follows: "You do not have a single [sic] Lie that has not been published on the internet by a drug addled individual."
Solar Attempted To Use Guru's Sickness and Eventual Death to Sell Unreleased Material
In an undated email, Solar promises a Japanese-based company that, "I am bout to do major outlet interviews. We have 3 albums ready too go I believe one now would be a big sensation." In the same email he also advises, "I am only one with access to Guru and his doctors." This would appear to suggest that this email, touting various unreleased albums, was sent after Guru was hospitalized.
In another undated email that seems to have been sent two days after Solar's March 9, 2010 interview with CNN, Solar brags to someone identified only as "Andrew" about a recent press run that included HOT97 and MTV. He then speculates, "I think we have a perfect fit for this situation and any label will jump at this now!!" The odds on the imminent release of Guru 9.0: Life Beyond Death just got shorter.
Solar Maintained Access to Guru's Email Account and Physically Abused Him
An email sent on April 24, 2010 with the sender's name blanked out accuses Solar of at one point attempting to take control of Guru's email account: "Getting his email passcoad didn't stop him from communicating... Dude just set up a new one, ha ha, you going through his phone and shit... he had one line you didn't even know about too ha ha you so foolish devil." The same sender then vents: "So many times he [Guru] could call me up and tell me everything going on and it made me wanna piss on you and your FLESH body cuz you aint no GOD you dumb shit." (Note: In previous emails Solar appears to refer to himself as a "God.")
For good measure, the message continues "All the times you would try to punk him and put hands on him... threaten his son and baby moms... mash up the truck... you even had a G you knocked up hiding in his house." In response, Solar attempts to drop some witty word play, claiming, "I held Guru down like a spinal cord." Which possibly doesn't make anatomical sense.
About That Abuse: Solar Was A Drunken Tyrant
Screenwriters take note: There's definite a prospect for a big truck destruction scene when this film gets made. In another anonymous email dated April 25, 2010, the sender alleges, "I SAW the truck get mashed with a bat," before characterizing Solar as a "drunkard" who'd send Guru to pick up Coronas for him. In reply, Solar goes digital, warning that, "Myself and Guru have friends in law enforcement and top notch internet experts." He doesn't specify whether or not they work at Tekserve.