Remember Gil Scott Heron one of the progenitors of hip-hop


Remember Gil Scott Heron. As an influential poet and musician, Scott-Heron is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop.

His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron.

Remember Gil Scott Heron
Gil Scott Heron

His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues.” 

His music, most notably on Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul.

It’s impossible not to also recall his masterpiece jam, and some say, self-fulfilling prophecy, In The Bottle From his 1974 album “Winter In America”.  

Bonus track : The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Full Band Version)