RIP Gil Scott Heron: A Tribute to the 'Godfather of Rap' (VIDEOS)

Suzanne Murray
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gil scott heronGil Scott-Heron, the poet, novelist, musician, and activist, who influenced such hip-hop artists as Kayne West, died yesterday at the age of 62.

The "Godfather of Rap," as Scott-Heron was sometimes called, is best-known for the spoken-word piece "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." He recorded during the 70's and 80's but spent most of the last decade in and out of prison on drug charges. In 2010, he released a new album called I'm New Here -- collaborating with rappers Mos Def and Nas -- and his amazing voice was featured on a track on Kayne West's 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

An amazing performer, Scott-Heron's earliest works still resonate with us today.

Here, a tribute:

 "The Revolution Will Not be Televised":

 

 

"Me and the Devil" from his most recent album I'm New Here:

 

 

"New York Is Killing Me":

 

 

 

"We Beg Your Pardon":

 

RIP Gil Scott-Heron.

 

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