Rest in Peace, Gil Scott-Heron
We lost an amazing poet, musician and author last Friday, May 27. Coming from a family heavily surrounded, but not limited to, black arts & culture, I remember my parents playing Gil Scott-Heron’s material growing up as a little girl. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, was a poem and song he created for his 1970’s album Small Talk at 125th and Lennox. Listening to it now reminds me of a time that is no more. Although, not completely negating America’s social and economic problems that still face us today, we, as a people, have come impressively far from the spirit that message exudes. In fact, the revolution, is and will continue being televised thanks to social media today.
THANK YOU, Gil Scott-Heron, for being one among many artist at that time who spoke truth about the plight of African-Americans and their existence worldwide. Although you’ve endured some personal pains and struggles, your fruits will never go in vain.
In recent news, Gil Scott-Heron release his 2010 album release I’m New Here. “Rumor has it, Kanye West gave clearance on the [Flashing Lights] sample free of charge as an act of utter gratitude and respect to his predecessor.” via AllHipHop.com
Here are top 5 Hip-Hop samples of his work.
Readers, please take a moment to learn more about this trailblazing poet. Gil Scott-Heron is truly an american artist worth being remembered.