In 1989 the group split and only the Guru was left. He soon found DJ Premier (aka Waxmaster C) who sent a beat tape Guru liked. He asked DJ Premier to join and in that same year they released their first single Words I Manifest along with the album No More Mr. Nice Guy.
Gang Starr helped pioneer the "New York" hip hop sound. Gang Starr had an extensive catalog, Step in the Arena (1990), Daily Operation (1992) "Hard to Earn" (1994) and Moment of Truth (1998) all are well-respected by critics.
In February 2010, Guru suffered a heart attack, went in coma, woke up to recover but it proved to be very fatal. He died on April 19, 2010. The guru is a pioneer in the music world and he shall never be forgotten due to his accomplishments.