Young Guru

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Young Guru
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Young Guru at a panel discussion on hip hop and comics at the 2014 New York Comic Con
Background information
Born (1974-02-27) February 27, 1974 (age 41)
U.S.
Origin Delaware, U.S.
Occupation(s) Audio engineer, record producer, DJ, record executive
Years active 1996-present
Labels Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella
Associated acts Jay-Z
Website Young Guru's website

Gimel Androus Keaton (born February 24, 1974) better known by his stage name Young Guru, is an American audio engineer, record producer and DJ. Young Guru was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 for his work on "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.

Career[edit]

Young Guru acquired his moniker as a teen when he taught African history classes at a community center. He also used his name when he began working as a DJ while still a teenager.[1] In the early 1990s Young Guru bought his own amplifiers, lights and microphones which sparked his interest in music technology. He began DJ’ing in Washington DC in 1996, where he met singer/rapper Nonchalant, who had a top 20 single at the time, and became her tour DJ. Young Guru, who had taken piano lessons as a child, used the money he received from the tour to fund a six-month music recording course at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, Maryland, which had a great impact on him. After Omega, Young Guru engineered Nonchalant’s second album, which was never released, but the producer, Chucky Thompson (Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans) recognized the young engineer’s potential and invited him to come and work with him in Washington DC. In 1999, Young Guru went independent and moved to New York, where he worked with Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie on his Madd Rapper project and with Memphis Bleek. The latter was signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, which led to Young Guru meeting Jay-Z.[citation needed]

Over the years Young Guru has been a major part of several artists' careers in addition to Jay-Z, including Beyonce, Rihanna, Ludacris, Ghostface Killah, Freeway, Cam'ron, Redman & Method Man, Mariah Carey, Pete Rock, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and T.I.[citation needed]

He was the tour DJ for the 'Watch The Throne' world tour featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Albums/scratches/production/mix[edit]

  • Def Jam Recordings Presents

(CD, Comp, Promo) Hustlin’ (Remix) Def Jam Recordings (2006)

  • Tell Em Why U Madd

(Album) Surviving the Game Columbia (1999)

  • Chicago ‘85... The Movie

(CD) Doin’ Wrong DreamWorks (2000)

  • Charmbracelet

(CD, Album) Boy (I Need You), You MonarC, Island Records (2002)

  • The Blueprint, The Gift & The Curse

(4xLP, Album) U Don’t Know (Remix) Roc-A-Fella Records (2002)

  • Welcome to New York City

(12”) Roc-A-Fella Records (2002)

  • Boy (I Need You)

(CD, Single, Promo) Island Def Jam Music Group (2003)

  • Flipside

(12”, Promo) Roc-A-Fella Records (2003)

  • Dirt Off Your Shoulder / Encore Roc-A-Fella Records

(2003)

  • What We Do Roc-A-Fella Records

(2002)

  • The Chittlin Circuit

(CD) Ladies’ Jam Fastlife (2005)

  • Philadelphia Freeway

(CD) Roc-A-Fella Records (2003)

  • 99 Problems / My 1st Song

(12”) Roc-A-Fella Records (2004)

  • Be Your Girl

(12”, Promo) TVT Records (2004)

  • Get Crunk Shorty

(12”, Promo) Jive (2004)

  • Girlfight

(12”, Promo) Virgin Records America, Inc. (2004)

  • Rock Co. Kane Flow

(12”) Seven Heads (2004)

  • The Grind Date

(12”) Sanctuary Records (2004)

  • The Grind Date / Shopping Bags

(12”, Promo) Sanctuary Records (2004)

  • What’s Happenin! / Salt Shaker

(12”, Promo) TVT Recordings (2004)

  • Dynomite (Going Postal)

(12”, Promo) J Records (2005)

  • Never Been In Love

(12”) Geffen Records (2005)

  • The Minstrel Show

(Album) Atlantic (2005)

  • 4:21...The Day After

(Album) Def Jam Recorings (2006)

  • The Pretty Toney Album

(Album) Tooken Back Def Jam Recordings (2004)

  • Def Jam Recordings Presents

(CD, Comp, Promo) The Champ Def Jam Recordings (2004)

  • Dynomite (Going Postal) /

Chicago-Rillas (12”, Max) J Records (2006)

  • Hustlin’ Remix

(12”) Def Jam Recordings (2006)

  • Kingdom Come

(Album) Roc-A-Fella Records (2006)

  • Eardrum

(Album) Blacksmith Music (2007)

  • Tambourine

(12”) Geffen Records (2007)

  • Jeanius

(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Blacksmith (2008)

  • NY’s Finest

(Album) Nature Sounds (2008)

  • Blackout! 2

(Album) Def Jam Recordings (2009)

  • Fishscale

(Album) The Champ Def Jam Recordings (2004)

  • King

(Album) I’m Talkin’ To You Atlantic (2006)

  • American Gangster

(Album) Ignorant Sh*t Roc-A-Fella Records (2007)

  • Strength & Loyalty

(CD, Album) 9mm Interscope Records (2007)

  • T.I. Vs T.I.P.

(Album) Help Is Coming Atlantic (2007)

  • Theater of the Mind

(Album) Nasty Girl Island Def Jam Music Group (2008)

  • Music Inspired By The FIlm:

More Than A Game (CD, Album) History Interscope Records (2009)

  • The Blueprint 3

(CD, Album) RocNation (2009)

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