(April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011)
It always saddens me to find out when a musical architect makes their transition into the spirit realm. Earlier today, Gil Scott-Heron passed away at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City after falling ill, upon returning from a European trip.
Scott-Heron was a poet, musician and author, who gave himself the "bluesologist" moniker, and like many of his peers, credited with helping to lay the foundation for Hip-Hop. His collaborative efforts with Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of African rhythms, Jazz, Blues and Soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron.
Scott-Heron's recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". His poetic style has been influential upon every generation of hip hop since his popularity began. In addition to being widely considered an influence in today's music, Scott-Heron remained active until his death, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled I'm New Here. Gil Scott-Heron will be greatly and dearly missed.