Saturday, May 28, 2011

R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron

A legend has died, and it saddens me that so many young people today don't know who Heron is or how much of an influence he had on hip-hop. They know nothing of his story or the way he used his words to fight his battles. He was a spoken word artist, writer who had a message to spread--both political and social, who empowered people with his words. He was a conscientious rapper (or bluesologist, as he preferred to be called) whose style was blended with blues and jazz to create hard words flowing over smooth sounds to speak the truth of Heron's reality.

He challenged his listeners and readers to be passionate, to be angry, to better themselves, to rise above the things that held them down. And while his writing and music were a reflection of the shaky times of his era, they still hold true even in today's society. He was never afraid to say what others wouldn't. He didn't shy away from topics because they might offend someone. His words held so much conviction in them. He was one of many writers who had a strong impact in my life, who made me want to be more aware of the world and the happenings in it.



The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Gil Scott-Hero (ca. 1970)

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Deceived
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The Girl from the Well
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Thirteen Reasons Why
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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