Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, and spoken word musician passed away yesterday evening in New York City. He is viewed by many as influential in the creation of both neo soul and hip-hop genres. You may know him as the writer of ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ which was recently voted as one of the top 20 political songs of all time and has been sampled by many music producers in recent years. He released his first album in 16 years in 2010 entitled I’m New Here, this has since been reworked by Jamie xx to give this year’s We’re New Here. If you don’t have either of these albums I strongly suggest you invest in them and I wouldn’t be surprised if We’re New Here pops up on a lot of end of year lists.
Gil Scott-Heron was a great talent, and will be sadly missed. R.I.P.
“The revolution will not go better with Coke. The revolution will not fight the germs that cause bad breath. The revolution will put you in the driver’s seat.”