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The music world has lost one of its greats as influential singer-songwriter and poet Gil Scott-Heron died yesterday afternoon in New York City. His impact on various modern music genres, such as hip-hop and R&B, cannot be overestimated. He is mostly known for the timeless song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” which has become a phrase in the culture lexicon. After being incarcerated and battling drug problems during the 2000s, he managed to make an impressive comeback to the music scene with the critically-acclaimed I’m New Here followed by the Jamie xx collaboration We’re New Here earlier this year. Below you can find a fine selection of one of his most powerful songs. Rest in Power.
Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (audio) (1970)
Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle (1974)
Gil Scott-Heron – Me and the Devil (2010)
Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here (2010)