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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
    Rest in peace, sir.

    Unfamiliar with hip hop's history, I first learned about him here on Whitechapel a year or two ago when he released his last (and final) album "I'm New Here". Here's the video that was featured in that post.

    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011 edited
    This is real sad news for just before bed. "I'm New Here" was amazing and I was hoping to see him live the next time he came to the Northwest. RIP.

    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
    Damn shame, as I'm New Here was the best album released last year. An incredible return.

    RIP, Gil. Give my regards to Lady Day and John Coltrane.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011 edited
    "I'm New Here" was a hell of an album to go out on, and now serves as a last note from an important and influential artist. Too bad, what a loss.

    This song was one of my first exposures to music being used to talk politics, and paved the way for hundreds of artists to come.
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    Does anyone know if the funeral will be televised?
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
    What a loss, indeed...
    • CommentAuthorKelind
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
    Well, that's a thing, isn't it?
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
    Oh hell.

    There was never anyone else like Gil and, I think it's safe to say, there never will be anyone quite the same again.

    I think we all have a responsibility to pick up a little bit of what he left, and keep it alive. The thought and insight that he brought to all of his subjects, both personal and political. Poetry, wisdom, and a refusal to accept the state of things when things are still broken.
  2.  (9899.9)
    Great artist. He will be missed. I read Nigger Factory recently. Musically, I always had a soft spot for Moving Target.

      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
    That same thread was how I first heard about him, too, and I'm new here was the first album of his I listened to. It will be my driving to class music this morning. :(
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011 edited
    No , no no nooooooooooo! That's messed up the weekend.

    This is so wrong. Damn it.

    A legend has passed.

    It seems the season for the founding fathers to be passing away.
    With the founder of the funk and all modern dance grooves James Brown dieing, then
    his illegitimate soul child Michael Jackson dieing.

    Kool Herc founding father of Hip Hop barely hanging on to his life.

    Now the founder of the sentiment , the thinking spirit of Hip Hop
    and many others dieing. I mean check out this tune of Gil's...

    Gil Scott Heron - "Winter in America"[1974]

    Watch the above tune, then check the BOOM BAP THREAD
    and you know the beats maybe different but the sentiment and articulation
    that grew out of Gil Scott's work is all there.

    What a crappy Saturday.

    Heri Mkocha
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
    He was definitely an original. I've listened to "Me and the Devil" about eight times today. Sorry to see him go.
  3.  (9899.13)
    here's my fav, R.I.P. Gil

    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
    Feeling the loss more keenly today. Discovered Gil just as I was discovering some east coast hip hop that I could really dig - I spent so long assuming I didn't like hip hop/rap...

    I love the sound, I love what he had to say, I LOVE that he existed.

    Rest in peace, man. And thanks for lighting the way.
    • CommentAuthorDrew_badly
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
    Woke up to this news, bad times. I didn't know he was unwell. I've got tickets for the Chris Cunningham gig this Wednesday, might make it a sombre affair
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011
    It was ...odd? to walk through Covent Garden this evening seeing a busker singing a song to Gil Scott-Heron. To be that noteworthy, so influential to have people sing about you when you pass in this day and age.

    That's the mark of a man.
    • CommentAuthorriotmedic
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
    First I'm hearing about this. RIP. Sad news.
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
    A great loss indeed, Gil Scott-Heron has long been one my heroes. His first album, Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, is an amazing piece of work. Performed to a small audience who are at times giving rapturous applause for songs like 'The Vulture', 'The revolution will not be televised', and 'Who'll pay reparations on my soul' and at other times made completely uncomfortable by his poetry and his politics. Hearing the stunned and hesitant applause after "Whitey on the Moon" or "The subject was Faggots" speaks to his uncompromising attitude. He was a provocateur, a critic of American culture, an addict who from the first openly acknowledged his demons, a righteously angry black man but always a poet first and foremost. His importance in the civil rights struggle as well as his defiance to being pigeon-holed made him a difficult and reluctant hero indeed. He would never take credit for his influence on hip hop, despite the obvious role he played in creating the template. He will be missed.
  4.  (9899.19)
    yah this is crazy shit, spent my afternoon reminiscing...

    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2011 edited
    How many artists can stop making music for ages, come back,
    and do their old songs 10 times better...and LIVE....

    Still upsets's the legend...

    Gil Scott Heron - "We Almost Lost Detriot"[Sung Live-filmed in HD 2009]

    the original version of this back in 1977...

    Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson- "We Almost Lost Detriot"[1977]

    "We Almost Lost Detriot" has been sampled by hip hop artists,
    the first that comes to mind is "The People" by Common.
    Which forms the back bone to his song....

    Common -"The People"[1997]

    Heri Mkocha