Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron, the 'Godfather of Rap' Dies at 62

The American musician Gil Scott-Heron, whose fusion of political expression, poetry recitations and minimalist percussion earned him the nickname "Godfather of Rap," died last Friday inNew York, at age 62. As reported by the New York Daily News, the artist, which dragged on for years a strong addiction to cocaine, died at St.

Luke's center of Manhattan, where he had entered after becoming ill on his return from a trip to Europe. Scott-Heron became a pioneer of hip-hop culture in 1971, with the theme The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, which relied on the spoken word to attack the superficiality of mass media and suggest that the real stories Interesting media were out of reach.

Provocative message that inspired years after dozens of rap artists from Public Enemy to Common and Kanye West, who has used snippets of his songs for their own issues. After learning of the death of Scott-Heron, Public Enemy frontman, Chuck D, lamented the loss on your Twitter account.

"We do what we do and how we do it because of you," wrote the rapper, who had recently worked on a project with the late musician. Born in Chicago, Scott-Heron grew up in Tennessee and in the Bronx, where he drank from the fountains of the blues and literature, as his mother was a librarian.

Although he said many times that was seen as a pianist, was both poet and novelist, and a black radical ideologue, who was inspired to compose motion, time, places and seasonal changes. Among the more than 120 themes he composed for his albums highlights first black American anthem against apartheid in South Africa, Johannesburg, and contemporary song about alcoholism The bottle.

Scott-Heron was also a professor of creative writing, poetry and fiction at Johns Hopkins University and the District of Columbia, both in the U.S. capital.

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