I am very saddened and still in disbelief at this news. Gil Scott Heron was one of my favorite musicians and performers ever.If not my favorite.He will be missed beyond belief. And my meager words can’t even begin to describe this man and the impact he has had on my life.My prayers go out to his family at this time and his memory will always live in my heart to the day I myself go on to a better place. Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011)
Gil Scott Heron – Better Days Ahead
Gil Scott-Heron, Spoken-Word Musician, Dies at 62
Via: NY Times
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 28, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” died Friday at age 62.
A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed for his Manhattan recording company, said he died in the afternoon at St. Luke’s Hospital after becoming sick upon returning from a European trip.”We’re all sort of shattered,” she said.Scott-Heron’s influence on rap was such that he sometimes was referred to as the Godfather of Rap, a title he rejected.”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,” he wrote in the introduction to his 1990 collection of poems, “Now and Then.”He referred to his signature mix of percussion, politics and performed poetry as bluesology or Third World music. But then he said it was simply “black music or black American music.””Because Black Americans are now a tremendously diverse essence of all the places we’ve come from and the music and rhythms we brought with us,” he wrote.Nevertheless, his influence on generations of rappers has been demonstrated through sampling of his recordings by artists, including Kanye West.Scott-Heron recorded the song that would make him famous, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” which critiqued mass media, for the album “125th and Lenox” in Harlem in the 1970s. He followed up that recording with more than a dozen albums, initially collaborating with musician Brian Jackson. His most recent album was “I’m New Here,” which he began recording in 2007 and was released in 2010.Throughout his musical career, he took on political issues of his time, including apartheid in South Africa and nuclear arms. He had been shaped by the politics of the 1960s and the black literature, especially of the Harlem Renaissance.Scott-Heron was born in Chicago on April 1, 1949. He was raised in Jackson, Tenn., and in New York before attending college at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.Before turning to music, he was a novelist, at age 19, with the publication of “The Vulture,” a murder mystery.He also was the author of “The Nigger Factory,” a social satire. Read More Here…
Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1970s and early 1980s work as a spoken word performer and his collaborative soul works with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron’s recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. His poetic style has been influential upon every generation of hip hop since his popularity began. In addition to being widely considered an influence in today’s music, Scott-Heron remained active until his death, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled I’m New Here. Read More Here….
Gil Scott-Heron – ‘Me And The Devil’ (Official HD Video)
Uploaded by XLRecordings on Jan 14, 2010
Gil Scott-Heron’s video for “Me And The Devil”, from his 2010 album “I’m New Here” Video directed by Coodie & Chike and Michael Sterling Eaton.
GIL SCOTT HERON – CENTRAL PARK ( SUMMERSTAGE ) 6-27-10
Gil Scott-Heron And Jamie XX – I’ll Take Care Of You
Amidst tours and time in the studio remixing and recording material, Jamie Smith, of London’s the xx, found time to dive into a solo adventure of sorts. He was able to acquire the original sessions for Gil Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here through their shared label, XL Recordings. And Smith has transformed the music within Scott-Heron’s thirteenth album, which dropped in February 2010, from dark and jazzy into what’s heard on We’re New Here. The LP features music that could be played at the dance party of the apocalypse. The dread within Scott-Heron’s vocals remains, though here they are chopped up and blended with slightly pulsing production.
Gil Scott-Heron Whitey on the Moon
Gil Scott Heron – Angel dust Live
Gil-Scott Heron “The Military And The Monetary” Live
Gil Scott-Heron – ‘Where Did The Night Go’
Uploaded by XLRecordings on Nov 12, 2009
The video for ‘Where Did The Night Go’ by Gil Scott-Heron. Taken from the 2010 album ‘I’m New Here’ released on XL Recordings in February 2010.
Here are a couple links to a few posts with awesome videos that I made over the course of the last few months to celebrate Gils greatness.
01 – intro
02 – the revolution will not be televised and paint it black
03 – its your world
04 – home is where the hatred is
05 – willing
06 – parents and gun
07 – when you are who you are
08 – is that jazz
09 – me and the devil
10 – where did the night go
11 – the bottle
12 – better days ahead
13 – shah mot
14 – storm music
15 – angel dust
16 – new york city
17 – lady day and coltrane
18 – legend in his own mind
19 – who will pay reparations on my soul
20 – running
21 – ill take care of you
22 – winter in america
23 – pieces of a man
24 – im new here
25 – peace go with you brother wa alaikum salaam
Download: T.Shabazz Presents…Gil Scott Heron – A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius (Best Of Gil Scott Heron) Here…
Rest In Power (RIP) Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011)