In addition to his career with Gang Starr, Elam released a number of solo albums - most notably his experimental fusion of live jazz music and hip hop in a series of albums titled Jazzmatazz. Guru utilized positive and braggadocious lyrics performed in a monotonous tone.
Gang Starr went through a falling out after the release of their 2003 album The Ownerz, and both members ceased to work with each other. On 28 February 2010, Elam went into cardiac arrest and fell into a coma following surgery. He died on 19 April 2010 from cancer. His family claimed that Elam's new partner Solar prevented them from seeing Guru before his death, and Solar was later exposed as having forged a deathbed statement and generally mistreated Guru as his assistant.
- 1993: Jazzmatazz Volume 1
- 1995: Jazzmatazz Volume II: The New Reality
- 2000: Guru's Jazzmatazz: Streetsoul
- 2001: Baldhead Slick & da Click
- 2005: Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures
- 2007: Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The HipHop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future
- 2008: The Best of Guru's Jazzmatazz
- 2009: Guru 8.0: Lost & Found