Lupe Fiasco Pens A Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron

The politically minded rapper channels Scott-Heron's 1970 recording "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

Lupe Fiasco has penned a tribute to rap’s godfather Gil Scott-Heron, who passed away this past weekend. The Chicago, Illinois rapper released the piece on his website, branding it “in Dedication to that guiding light of a human being Gil-Scott Heron.”

In the piece, Lupe imitates the language used on Scott-Heron’s 1970 recording “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” separating each paragraph with “The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!”

Each paragraph has a sarcastic slant on television’s dumbing down of society. “Idiot boxes of the world unite!” he writes. “To fight off the effects of intelligence, replace smart quotes with fart jokes, substitute sense with scenes from Martin, let the baby's bathe in that glow and learn all manner of things they don't really need to know!”

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  • Anonymous

    Food & Liquor is so fucking great, if the second one comes even close, I will be able to forget the disgrace Lasers was.

  • SeánieG

    Nas also touched on this subject in a different way with "Sly Fox"

  • Jose Vasquez

    More motivation for Lupe to keep expressing his good shit. Lupe, Nas, Skyzoo, Jay Electronica, Mos Def need to get together though.

  • yup

    well written tribute by lupe.

  • QiD Ent

    New song...listen & leave feedback.

  • Anonymous

    They shoulda done a track for F&L 2

  • RMill

    Dudes got the most talent in the bizz. He speaks truth. No one can hang with him bar for bar! Its too bad we live in a generation where money, ho's, and material is the focus, and real artist's like Lupe arent acknowledged like they should be. Its sad when Artist like Waka Flaka and Soulja Boy are bigger names and listened to far more than someone who is actually talking relevance.

  • Mike Meraz

    R.I.P Hopefully this inspires Lupe to keep this revolutionary shyt going and keep making tracks like "Words I Never Said" and "All Black Everything"...the only two songs saying something on his new album.. No disrespect, PeaCE!!

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