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Gil Scott-Heron, Dead at 62

May 28, 2011

 

The iconic revolutionary poet who is credited as the ‘Godfather of rap,’ passed away last night in a New York hospital. Scott-Heron is most remembered for his fierce militant activism and loaded poetry. His most famous piece is “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” from his 1970 album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox.  Along with the last poets he is also seen as a proto-hip-hop artist, someone who helped set the stage for pairing urban poetry to music, which later bloomed into one of the most popular genres of music in the world.

Scott-Heron was personally a large influence on me, as a poet, writer, and hip-hop artist. He also heavily influenced Chuck D, Kanye West, Common, MosDef, and many other artists who incorporated social and political issues into their music. Rest in peace bother. The Revolution is now in the afterlife.

 

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