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Created by The Core DJ's Jul 6, 2014 at 4:18pm. Last updated by The Core DJ's Jul 6, 2014.

Gil Scott-Heron, Poet And Musician ...R.I.P.

Gil Scott-Heron in Harlem in 2010.
Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York. He was 62. The influential poet and musician is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

Scott-Heron was born in Chicago in 1949. He spent his early years in Jackson, Tenn., attended high school in The Bronx, and spent time at Pennsylvania's Lincoln University before settling in Manhattan. His recording career began in 1970 with the album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, which featured the first version of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." The track has since been referenced and parodied extensively in pop culture.

Scott-Heron continued to record through the 1970s and early '80s, before taking a lengthy hiatus. He briefly returned to the studio for 1994's Spirits. That album featured the track "Message to the Messengers," in which Scott-Heron cautions the hip-hop generation that arose in his absence to use its newfound power responsibly. He has been cited as a key influence by many in the hip-hop community — such as rapper-producer Kanye West, who closed his platinum-selling 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with a track built around a sample of Scott-Heron's voice.

Scott-Heron struggled with substance abuse for much of his career, and spent the 2000s in and out of jail on drug possession charges. He began performing again after his release in 2007, and in 2010 released a new album, I'm New Here, to widespread critical acclaim.

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Comment by Kamal Supreme aka Kamal Imani on June 5, 2011 at 9:47am

True Indeed, Rest in peace and thank you for your influence on many of us.

 

Kamal Imani

Comment by MARIE L. ANTOINETTE on June 1, 2011 at 12:35pm
rest in peace
Comment by DJ FELTIP on May 31, 2011 at 2:17pm
Man! R.I.P. to our poet Gil Scott
Comment by MBL records on May 29, 2011 at 12:02pm
Rip
Comment by Martha M @M3PAServices on May 27, 2011 at 10:35pm

"Scott-Heron cautions the hip-hop generation that arose in his absence to use its new found power responsibly."

we need to remember that in his honor.....

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