Rap Pioneer Gil Scot Heron Dead At 62 Years Old

The genius behind "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" died on May 27, leaving a deep impact on impact, right down to his appearance on Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy."

Yesterday (May 27), iconic poet, author and activist Gil Scott-Heron was confirmed dead at 62 years of age. Information is still being released to the public, but Heron's caretakers verified the reports, along with music publisher Jamie Byng.

Within Hip Hop, Gil Scott-Heron is remembered for his influences on the art of rapping. Gil's 1971 song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" has been influential on the culture, as well as interpolated by the likes of Common in his single, "The 6th Sense." Additionally, Heron's work has been sampled by Kanye West, who included the fellow Chicago, Illinois native on last year's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album on "Who Will Survive In America." West's productions were also used as soundbeds on Heron's 2010 album, I'm New Here.

In his life, Gil Scott-Heron published five books and released over a dozen recordings. Last year, he appeared with Nas and Mos Def at several events.

At the time of his death, Gil Scott-Heron was said to be recording an album for XL Recordings.

27 Comments

  • Anonymous

    R.I.P. to one of the greats of all-time GIL SCOTT-HERON

  • TAYLORD

    SMOKE WEEEEEEEEEEED

  • Ralph Everythin

    You meant the world to me. i love you brother, now u can finally rest.

  • Almar

    The Only Reason I knew who he was, was because of Kanye West, and i really became a fan of his because of Kanye, "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" and "Angel Dust are two of my favorite songs, Both Of them sampled by West. R.I.P. To a True Original.

  • gobberpooper

    He's an early influence specifically in the spirit of rap. One of the defining pieces of hip hop is its revolutionary messages. You can hear in his music that message, which didn't fully appear in rap until mid-80s, whereas the Kool Herc style of party hip hop, which was a more updated version of disco focused on the dancer was the original definition of hip hop music.

  • talktalkreal

    R.I.P To a GREAT artist/Poet. But.....I must say I'm not too down with recent shift in hip hop history saying Last Poets and Brotha Gil influcened hip hop rap. Coke La Rock and other sound nothing like them. And just because Classical music and Rock has strings instruments doesn't mean rock came from classical. STOP GIVING OUR HISTORY AWAY!

  • Anonymous

    he taught me that push comes to shove once in my lifetime. push comes to shove to show exactly what's on my mind.

  • Mads Degn Gregersen

    The Revolution wont be online either R.I.P

    • GIL RIP

      wow that a lot of hate for someone you don't know. do you feel better now?

    • Anonymous

      Actually the revolution will be on-line. Proof is in China slow democratic foment, the trickle of news on human rights abuses there, and that country... Egypt.

    • Anonymous

      You sounded all good in your comment until your "die of the worse case of aids BITCH". What makes you so different?

    • Anonymous

      you're not clever. you understand, right? what do you know about college dropout, white boy? make sure to suck a pimple covered dick for your horrific attempt at wit. i'm sure your similar jokes around your peers culminate in awkward smiles and choppy chuckles. stick to talking to your core group of xbox live friends. keep exerting your dominance in the virtual world because if you're showing respect to a great by using your mind the way you did, you don't belong in our world. die of the worst case of aids. BITCH

  • Azhar

    R.I.P. to one of the greats...The revolution will continue to not be televised my brother!

  • Anonymous

    I never viewed him as a "rap pioneer" only a great poet. RIP

  • So Icy Boi!

    Chek out mah debut single “Runaway” (produced by me). swag Im mo talented den yo fav rappa. lmao http://www.myspace.com/soicygangor/music

  • orbitgoogle

    Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) Gil Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, Illinois, http://orbitgoogle.com/worldnews/gil-scott-heron-passed-away-at-62

  • orbitgoogle

    Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) Gil Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, Illinois,

  • pienman

    indeed, indeed we lost anotha legend from the culture of activism....revolutions per minute in heaven brotha sleep well

  • insanemacbeth

    GIL SCOTT was a don, and is LEGENDARY STATUS.

  • Sour

    And very sloppy pompousness by me... Journalism*

  • Sour

    The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised... This is very sloppy jornalism to botch that up. R.I.P. Gil

  • Kenny Ray Martin

    The revolution STILL has not been televised. Rest In Peace, Brother

  • snail

    I couldn't believe this when I heard it. I'm New Here was a great album. Also it's "The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised". Show some respect, DX.

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