Gang Starr Foundation member Gusmo recently spoke to Forbez DVD in anticipation of the release of his upcoming DVD documentary Breakup of the Chain & Starr, making shocking allegations about why Guru and DJ Premier went their separate ways. During the interview, he said that drugs and theft caused a rift between the group members and that Preem had issues at the time.
“[The DVD is] exposing how the whole shit went down and why Guru left. And the situation why he left, there was drugs involved and all of that. Preem, you know what I’m talking about,” he said. “Niggas was cracking that fucking nose candy. I ain’t saying everybody, but Preem know what I’m talking about. Niggas getting high, taking money, niggas robbing tour money… Guru just got tired of it and said fuck that, I’m out.”
Stating that Primo would most likely deny the allegations, Gusmo said that ego also played a part in the demise of Gang Starr around the time that the two were working 2003’s The Ownerz.
“What really happened was ego. It was ego. Preem had the ego,” he said. “He wanted to be the nigga in charge and try to run shit and tell niggas what to do and who can go on tour and do this and do that. Guru was always fighting for niggas to go, but he didn’t want certain niggas to go on the road. So I guess Guru got tired and wanted to do his own thing and that’s what it was.
“I’d say it was around the Ownerz album,” he continued. “I think it was over the money and what Preem was doing was he was doing beats for porn. Guru was getting tight because he was like, ‘I don’t represent that.’ Guru got tight and was like, you know what? I’m out. He didn’t want to deal with the situation no more. Plus, it was over sample clearances, they were getting sued. Guru was like, I want to do my own thing and I’m going to just move forward and move on. And he left everybody, but he stayed in contact with me.”