Exactly one year ago today, Guru, the influential rapper known for his intellectual themes, his monotone delivery and his combination of jazz sounds with hip-hop beats, died after battling cancer. He was 43. Guru, whose real name was Keith Elam, was born near Boston and later moved to New York. Not too many rappers can start a Guru tribute with the line “I remember when I met you…” but Singapore Kane came up under the GangStarr wing, and although it’s a difficult challenge to honor our lost loved ones, it’s an important part of hip hop culture to remember the past. For most Boston rappers today is just another day in the crab bucket, but for those ol school G’s that remember that Guru was Boston first, NY second, today will be a day to stop, ponder, and hell, maybe play a Singapore Kane track.