Common Speaks on Gil Scott-Heron’s Death

Chi-town rapper Common is the latest to share his sentiments about Gil Scott-Heron, the influential poet, musician and rap forefather who passed away last Friday (May 27) at age 62.

In a statement to XXLMag.com, Common touched on Scott-Heron’s personal influence as well as his broader impact on rap music. ”Gil Scott-Heron was one of the greatest artists to ever walk the earth,” Common told XXL. “The soul of his music touched my heart and spirit. His voice and his words and his songs were like the revolution being told in the freshest way. He is a true father of hip hop and he will always be cherished and loved.”

A memorial service will be held for Scott-Heron this morning (June 2) at 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Church in New York City.

Scott-Heron’s cause of death has not been disclosed as of press time. —Lauren Carter

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Peterose

    Sad Niggas cant even comment on one of the greatest artists to ever walk this earth. The future of black people is continuing to go down a path of destruction with no end in sight. REST IN PEACE brother. Obviously the revolution is not televised.

    Father of Hip Hop
    Common we waiting on the album brother

  • joy ruplinger

    I remember Gil Scott Heron when he was recording in the 70′s. His voice was so sexy and he had lots to say. Prayers for his family and those he held dear. May he rest in the peace he struggled to find in this life.

  • jen

    not my usual style of music, happened upon tribute to Gil Scott Heron, brought tears to my eyes, amazing voice and lyrics, will buy collection, what a talent.

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