The Man Behind the Music: R.I.P. to “The Godfather Of Hip-Hop” Gil Scott-Heron


Yesterday we lost a music icon and visionary.

Gil Scott-Heron, widely credited as “The Godfather of Hip-Hop” died yesterday at the age of 62. Scott-Heron was critically acclaimed for writing “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” a worldwide  hit which mixed poetry, politics, jazz, blues and soul. Scott-Heron’s work paved the way for modern hip-hop, and several rappers – including Public Enemy front man Chuck D and Eminem who expressed their condolences via Twitter among others.

Scott-Heron’s performance style combined the heavy use of percussion with spoken word, which is widely credited as helping to shape hip-hop.

According to reports, Scott-Heron became sick after returning from a trip to Europe. While Gil was HIV positive and battled addictions to cocaine and other substances for most of his career, no official cause of death has been released.

Gil’s most recent work was his “I’m New Here” album, just released last year. Check out his acclaimed “The Revolution will Not Be Televised” piece below: