You hear many rap artists these days mouthing off about how they are going to “pop a cap in another man’s ass” and “smack their bitches up” whilst high on crack (and good luck to you all). Not all rappers are like this but sadly most are. Some use profanities just because these are the only words they know, even trying to act like gangsters and write about life on the street or in the hood. This is such a shame for this is not how it has to be.I would like to introduce to you the original Godfather of Rap, Gil Scott-Heron. For those of you who are not familiar with this man please read on.
This black American was born on April 1st 1949 and went on to become the social and political poet of his era and so well respectedÂ amongst black Americans that I would not be surprised if this man will one day be remembered alongside such greats as Malcolm X.
It is a combination if his truthful poetry and Gil’s velvet voice that makes this one man that must be heard. Most famous for his work with Brian Jackson, the main market for this kind of music was a predominantly black audience but music knows no bounds and Gil’s music is still respected all over the world by the young and old alike.
Always using outstanding musicians, Gil’s style is soulful and jazzy with bluesy undertones. A real street sound of new York, with such classics as “The Bottle”, “Gun” and “Angel Dust” it is easy to hear where this man is coming from and makes for some good easy listening. But the essence of Gil is captured in a song called “Inner City Blues“, this is pure magic. The rapping in the middle of this song is in its purest form. No bad language in this man’s rap, for he has too much to say.
In the 80s Gil was recorded live on numerous occasions but the recording of note is called “Black Wax”. Often shown on sky arts this is highly recommended as it shows Gil at his absolute finest.
Fortunately this great man is still with us and a new album is due early 2010 called “I’m New Here”. (I wonder what he thinks of the world now)
Find out more about this man’s music and poetry and enjoy the world of Gil Scot Heron.
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