Live long enough and you'll either be disappointed by your heroes or you'll bury them.Did I say heroes"? Sorry. I meant to say Gil Scott-Heron wasn't my hero. He was an innovator, a trailblazer, a pioneer and an inspiration, but he wasn't my hero.He was just one of the coolest brothers I ever heard in my life.Without Gil Scott-Heron would rap music ever been born? Probably, but without the social consciousness of a Scott-Heron, The Last Poets and others the Black pride and positivity that was once standard in rap and now seems merely ...read more
Gil Scott-Heron Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver, CO May 1, 2009
Politics has always been just as important to Gil Scott-Heron as his music. Perhaps more so. From the late 1960s into the 90s Scott-Heron preached the message of change; questioning the status quo; sticking up for the oppressed. Therefore Obama's election a few months ago must have seemed like a victory. Change We Can Believe In" could have easily been a Scott-Heron tune. So it was somewhat surprising when he didn't mention Obama at his concert Friday night and instead focused on playing ...read more
Mos Def and The Amino Alkaline Orchestra with Gil Scott-Heron Carnegie Hall/JVC Jazz Festival 2008 New York, New York Saturday, June 28, 2008
On Saturday, June 28, 2008 the JVC Jazz Festival brought Brooklyn's own renaissance man, Dante Smith, a.k.a. Mos Def, to town with his big band Amino Alkaline Orchestra, featuring special guest Gil Scott-Heron. Mos Def's Amino Akaline-The Watermelon Syndicate rocked the dome of Carnegie Hall for a diverse audience of what seemed like thousands. The show opened with the featured performer's twenty-three piece band walking onto the stage with the ...read more
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