Guru, one-half of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, died yesterday due to complications from cancer. He was 43. The group's influence on New York hip-hop is unparalleled, while Guru's seminal 1993 album Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 -- which dabbled in jazz, soul and funk -- established him as a talented solo artist in his own right. Local artists such as Earthworms certainly carry on Guru and Gang Starr's music and lyrical direction.