Gil Scott-Heron is universally regarded as one of the founding fathers of rap for his combination of socially conscious poetry delivered over simple, percolating musical backdrops. He started out in the early 1970s using little more than voice and percussion, but soon graduated to a much more sophisticated, jazzy style incorporating full-band arrangements. He is also a poet and novelist, whose depictions of modern urban life share much with his political-critique lyrics. Ironically, the man who articulated the traps of the ghetto, including substance abuse, became a drug addict for whom his habit and subsequent jail time effectively derailed his brilliant career.
DISC 1 for The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (CD) Album
By Gil Scott-Heron (Artist)