Gil Scott-Heron

by M-Rebeiro

Stevie Wonder was an honorary pallbearer at Gil Scott-Heron's funeral.

Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron was an American poet and musician known primarily for his spoken word performances in the 70s and 80s. Self-defined as a “bluesologist”, a science concerned with the origin of the blues, he is also often considered as the godfather of hip-hop and a voice of a generation with pieces such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. He died in May, 2011 of an unknown illness contracted on a trip to Europe.

Remaining active for the years leading up to his death, even releasing the album “I’m New Here” in 2010, Scott-Heron was massively influential on several spheres of music and was honored greatly in his passing, several influential rappers like Eminem and Chuck D praising his influence on hip-hop.

His memorial was held June 2nd, 2011 at Riverside Church in New York City and held various musicians performing in tribute to the poet including rapper Kanye West who performed his two tracks, “Lost in the World” and “Who Will Survive In America”, which feature clips and writing by Scott-Heron himself. Also present were Stevie Wonder and Scott-Heron’s daughter, Gia, who read a poem she wrote in his honor.

Read more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Scott-Heron

http://www.mtv.co.uk/artists/gil-scott-heron/news/273152-gil-scott-heron-dies-aged-62

http://rapfix.mtv.com/2011/06/03/kanye-west-pays-respect-to-gil-scott-heron-at-memorial/

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