Rap Forefather, Gil Scott-Heron, Passes Away

Gil Scott-Heron, a poet and musician largely credited as being one of the forefathers of hip-hop music, passed away on Friday afternoon (May 27) at his home in New York. Scott-Heron’s book publisher confirmed the artist was 62-years-old at the time of his death to NPR.

The singer, who recently made a comeback with his 2010 album, I’m New Here, publicly struggled with drugs over the last decade and spent numerous stints in jail during that time due to his addiction. As of press time, his exact cause of death is unknown.

Scott-Heron is most known for his spoken word song, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” but his extensive catalog has inspired an abundance of material from the hip-hop world, most notably Kanye West. Yeezy built many of his own tracks using Scott-Heron’s pieces. “Lost in the World” and “Who Will Survive in America” from West’s last album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, both sampled Scott-Heron’s 1970 song “Comment #1,” while “My Way Home” from Kanye’s sophomore effort, Late Registration, used Scott-Heron’s “Home is Where the Hatred Is,” from 1971. 2pac, Common, The Game, Mos Def, Grand Puba, Freeway, Atmosphere, Masta Ace, the Jungle Brothers, The Coup, Brother Ali and.40 Cal, were some of the other acts that have sampled Scott-Heron’s work on their songs.

XXL would like to send their condolences to the beloved artist’s family and friends. Rest in Peace Gil Scott-Heron. —XXL Staff

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  • http://www.DrewryNewsNetwork.com DNN

    Very sorry to hear of this man’s death.

  • Blab Gavin

    RIP, we lost a great poet………… The world is still Johanessburg.

  • Hoss

    Almost crying right now. One of my favourite artists to listen to. Very sad to hear of his passing. Some of the most thoughtful, soulful, and meaningful music I’ve heard.

  • Strand

    Damn! RIP to the Greatest!

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  • http://xxlmag.com the brown

    Yo! RIP to one of the greatest!

  • Karlito’s way

    I was so Happy to introduce him on Stage at the Ottawa Jazz Festival in 2010. It was a honor. You will be missed!

    Rest In Peace!

  • escobar9300

    “Before Hip-Hop became an advert for ignorance
    Before it became Kamikaze
    I’m half Gil Scott-Heron and half Talib Kwelli
    You think getting shot makes you the next best thing
    For every 50 cent there’s at least 50 MF Grimms
    And that’s grim” Lowkey – The Essence