“Godfather of Rap” Gil Scott-Heron, who mixed poetry and music in the 70’s, died Friday afternoon in a New York hospital, he was 62.Chuck D was among the first to pay tribute to the rap legend, who is best known for track The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. “RIP GSH,” he wrote on Twitter. “We do what we do and how we do because of you. And to those that don’t know tip your hat with a hand over your heart & recognise.”
The Public Enemy star tweeted: “Quite stunned at the fact I just wrote and recorded guest vocals on one of his next albums. This makes one realise that time is precious, damn.”
Eminem also paid tribute on Twitter: “RIP Gil Scott-Heron. He influenced all of hip-hop,” while Cee-Lo Green added: “Rest in peace to the GOD GIL SCOTT.
Scott-Heron’s influence was immense. As Usher Tweeted on Friday night: “I just learned of the lost of a very important poet…R.I.P. Gil Scott Heron. The revolution will be live!!”
Gil was an outspoken campaigner for African-American rights in the 70s and 80s and spoke out against Apartheid and nuclear power. He was considered a major influence on today’s politically-aware rappers.
Last year he released the critically-acclaimed I’m New Here, his first studio album in 16 years.