Saturday, May 28, 2011
First Post Back: Remembering Gil Scott-Heron
He's backkkkkkkk! And no, I'm not referring to Gil Scott-Heron (he's dead), I am referring to myself. I apologize to everyone for my extended absence. I was going through finals and then drinking the finest French Cognacs across the Orient.
Anyway, today let's all take a moment to remember Gil Scott-Heron. Remember how rap and hip-hop used to be about conveying a message? Or telling a story using colorful, poetic wording and strong political undertones? Me neither. But, I am told that rap and hip-hop was once like this. For that, we owe a great deal to Gil Scott-Heron. He is one of the artists, at least the most well-known, who tried to bring Spoken Word Poetry to music.
Now, we probably all do remember Public Enemy, right? You at least remember Flava Flav. Well, they were in large part inspired and influenced by Scott-Heron. They used his no-holds-barred style to create some of the best rap music ever created (not so much Flava Flav, he was just standing around yelling "Yeaaaa boiiii!").
Look him up, and listen to some of his stuff. Or, at at least watch this video and skip ahead to 2:26.