Gil Scott Heron

Gil Scott Heron, who rejected the tag as the original hip hop artist, died on Friday afternoon. He had fallen ill while on tour.  This video, which gives a good overview of Scott-Heron’s life, is from a 2009 BBC Newsnight feature.  Part 2 is below.

See also the 2004 documentary “The Godfather of Soul” as well as the 2010 New Yorker article on Scott-Heron’s drug addiction.

As a bonus, here’s my favorite Scott-Heron tune:

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country.

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