Saturday, 28 May 2011
R.I.P GIL SCOTT-HERON (1949-2011)
It's always tragic writing a post like this, but especially today. A day where we lost one of the realest poets and writers ever. Gil Scott-Heron has died at age 62. This bluesology poet and musician died in New York and the exact causes are unknown, so instead of focusing on the negative let's celebrate the life of the man who helped the birth of hip-hop. Inspiring many people like Kanye West (who has referenced and sampled him in his works). Some of your favourite rappers may not be around today if it wasn't for this gifted genius of a man. Still this poet was bigger then hip-hop. With his hit album in the 70's 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,' Heron started his own one and last year had a renaissance with the release of a new album. The critically acclaimed 'I'm New Here' was also one of our top ten albums of 2010. A master in his craft and way with words Gil was also an incredible novelist penning the excellent crime/detective thriller 'The Vulture' in all it's dynamic, dark depth. Like all good storytellers tonight it won't be the same as we sleep tonight, but still just like last year Gil Scott-Heron awoke the pros of poetry and just like he did in his whole life, he really said something. TIM DAVID HARVEY.