Gil Scott-Heron R.I.P.

I woke up today to a text from fellow Hotcakes writer Ollie saying simple this: Gil Scott-Heron RIP.

Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Last night, at the age of 62, Gil Scott-Heron died in hospital last night shortly after falling ill on tour. As one of most revolutionary and collectively treasured artists of the modern era, indeed the godfather of rap music no less, I don’t need to tell you that this is a huge loss for music. A loss perhaps made more acute after a surprise return to the scene last year with the brilliant I’m New Here, his 15th studio album.

Gil Scott-Heron – Me and the Devil

His work lives on not only through his own recordings but also through Jamie xx’s reinterpretation out earlier this year. Relevant here as an example of the continuing relevance of his work, which spanned no less than four decades, and its ability to inspire some of the finest young musicians around.

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – I’ll Take Care Of U

I’ll keep this brief, there are people far better placed to speak on this than me. For now: Gil we salute you, rest in peace.


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