There has been widespread skepticism about the message issued by Gang Starr's Guru before his death yesterday, where he attacks DJ Premier and seemingly minimizes the importance of their work together in favor of recent collaborations with Solar.

Now, MTV reports that Solar is answering the criticisms with the following statement:

“I mean, it's ridiculous,” he said. “Guru knew this time would come. The great artist he is, us being intelligent people, we knew there was going to have to be a statement relating to this. Unfortunately, there are those who have the wicked agenda, and just can't accept that Guru and I have handled this thing as men and not children, and this is how men of honor handle their business. He arranged his press release. I'm the repository of Guru's life story. I recorded his life story for book and for movies. We're not foolish. He was diagnosed with cancer well over a year ago. It's been operations and so forth. It would be ridiculous for him to not be prepared.”

This unseemly scandal immediately following the MC's death seems to have just started, raising questions about Solar's motivation, Guru's actual thoughts and intentions facing death, and the peculiar relationship between the two collaborators.

LA Weekly