by / May 28th, 2011 /

RIP Gil Scott-Heron

Legendary poet, singer-songwriter and spoken-word artist Gil Scott-Heron has died. The 62 year old died in a New York hospital at 4 pm on Friday May 27th, the cause of which is unknown. In 2008 Scott-Heron told New York magazine that he had contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, after years of batting drug and alcohol addictions.

Early albums, Pieces of a Man and Winter in America, have been credited for the birth of hip hop and earned him the title “The Godfather of Rap.”

‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ was recorded by Scott-Heron for his 1970 album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox – putting him on the musical map.

Last year, after a 13 year absence, Gil Scott-Heron released I’m New Here (which was later remixed by Jamie XX). He also featured on Kanye West’s ‘Who Will Save America’.

RIP Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011).