Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011)

photo: Henrietta Butler

Musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron passed last night. News of his death was all over Twitter last night, but news reports didn’t come out until early this morning. The proclaimed “Godfather of Hip Hop” was known for his biting social commentary and black activism. His delivery was honest and sometimes painful to hear, because it hit exposed nerves in the social conscience.

Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here brought the spoken-word legend back from obscurity, and it appears he was back on a good path. On I’m New Here, Scott-Heron continued to be the voice of social consciousness, but it was also marked by self-analysis and reflection.  It garnered Scott-Heron a new fan base, and was one of the “must own” albums from 2010.

No cause of death is currently listed, but years of hard living probably took its toll.

Check out: Me and the Devil [mp3]

Watch: I’m New Here

Watch: Where Did the Night Go

Watch: Message to the Messengers

Watch: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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