Friday, May 27, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron 1949-2011

Gil Scott-Heron was a poet and musician and one of the true godfathers of rap music. His poltically-charged, jazz-tinged speech-songs were totally unique and hugely influential. Scott-Heron had just made a terrific comeback album after a stint in prison for a controlled substances violation. He will be missed.

Here he is making fun of Ronald Reagan:

UPDATE: This piece from the New Yorker is a useful rundown on GS-H's career.

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