Gil Scott-Heron, musician, poet, and activist best known for giving us the spoken-word piece "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died on Friday at the age of 62. Scott-Heron was sometimes called "The Godfather of Rap," and while he apparently never liked like the moniker, there's no denying the huge influence he had on so many of today's hip-hop artists. When news of Scott-Heron's broke, rappers, hip-hop artists, and filmmakers expressed their sorrow via -- what else -- twitter.
Here's what they had to say.
From Michael Moore, documentary filmmaker:
From Snoop Dogg:
From Public Enemy frontman Chuck D:
From Cee Lo Green:
Some of you may be more familiar with those he influenced rather than the man himself, and so you may want to check out this video tribute to Gil Scott-Heron to take a look at some of his work. It's well worth it.
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