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Young Guru | Interview

Young Guru is an audio engineer, DJ, and producer from Delaware. His name was acquired as a teen while teaching African history classes at a community center. In the early 90s, there were no clubs in Delaware. Young Guru bought his own DJ equipment and began spinning in Washington DC in 1996. He met singer/rapper Nonchalant, who had a Top 20 single at the time, and became her tour DJ. Young Guru used the tour money to fund a six-month music recording course at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, MD. He engineered Nonchalant’s unreleased second album, and producer Chucky Thompson recognized his talent and invited Young Guru to work with him. In 1999, Young Guru moved to New York, where he worked with The Madd Rapper and Memphis Bleek. When Bleek signed with Roc-A-Fella Records, Young Guru met Jay-Z. Over the years, Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z’s 11 albums, and has played a major role in several artists careers such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Ludacris, Redman, Ghostface Killah, Freeway, Method Man, Mariah Carey, Pete Rock, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, T.I., and more. Check out Young Guru’s 2011 mixtape, Cornerstone Mixtape #139: Dead Heat, featuring Pete Rock, Lupe Fiasco, Jadakiss, Eminem, Termanology, Joell Ortiz, Elzhi, Bumpy Knuckles, Killer Mike, Diddy, Random Axe, and more.

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