View Full Version : Gil Scott-Heron dies at 62

05-28-2011, 03:05 AM
28 May 2011 Last updated at 04:45 GMT

US musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron dies at 62

US musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron has died aged 62, media reports, publicists and publishers have said.
The cause of Scott-Heron's death, in a New York hospital, is not clear.
Scott-Heron's material spanned soul, jazz, blues and the spoken word and his 1970s work heavily influenced the US hip-hop and rap scenes.
There was a strong political element to the Chicago-born artist's work; one of his most famous compositions was The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
'Godfather of rap' Scott-Heron's friend Doris Nolan said the musician had died at St Luke's Hospital on Friday afternoon, the Associated Press news agency reports.
She said Scott-Heron had become sick upon returning from a European trip.
Two recording companies later also carried reports that the musician had died.
Scott-Heron was often described as the godfather of rap.
However, the artist himself rejected this title.
"If there was any individual initiative that I was responsible for it might have been that there was music in certain poems of mine, with complete progression and repeating 'hooks', which made them more like songs than just recitations with percussion," Scott-Heron wrote in the introduction to his 1990 Now and Then collection of poems.
His most recent album I'm New Here - released last year - was widely acclaimed and brought him to the attention of a new generation.
Among the rappers immediately tweeting tributes were Talib Kweli and Chuck D of Public Enemy.

Another one of the greats gone too soon. RIP




05-28-2011, 03:31 AM
White people say huh ???

But yea, check my album thread in the vat. I posted something worthwhile other week.

05-28-2011, 03:45 AM
I'm not among the bishops of this forum, Robbie. PM please?

05-28-2011, 04:21 AM
I'm not among the bishops of this forum, Robbie. PM please?

You should be

05-28-2011, 05:41 AM
thanks for the PM, will have a listen! :)

Mumm Ra
05-28-2011, 08:12 AM
gil scott heron passes.....and whitey is on the moon


food for thought
05-28-2011, 08:43 AM

Im glad i got the chance to see him perform in denver a couple of years ago.

He has some JEWELS in his music.

Ive had several psychedelic experiences with his music as the soundtrack


^you might get a pleasant surprise and realize bronze sampled the shit in the beginning

05-28-2011, 02:13 PM
yeah, a true talent.

brother had a lot of problems, but had a HUGE amount of talent.

fantastic soul singer & one of the godfathers of hip hop.

R.I.P. gil scott-heron.