R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011)


I hate doing these. For the second time in two weeks, someone I have a deep respect for has passed away, with the genuinely legendary Gil Scott-Heron unfortunately succumbing to illness last night. Our thoughts here at OTU are with his family and friends.

His contribution to almost every form of music was massive, and crucially Gil was certainly one of the original ‘ancestors’ of hip-hop. His brutally honest, often socio-poltical content was undoubtedly an inspiration to the early generations of rappers, as he effortlessly combined music, poetry and the spoken word to critical acclaim for over 30 years. A true legend of the music game, and he will be missed.

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