Gil Scott-Heron dies at 62; 'godfather of rap' receives Twitter tributes from Eminem, Snoop Dogg and more
Gil Scott-Heron received an outpouring of love on Twitter after news spread that the influential poet and musician had passed away.
The 62-year-old was best known for 1960s and '70s recordings such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” about inner-city life and the media, and his influence on later artists earned him the nickname “godfather of rap.” He'd made a bit of a comeback in 2009 with “I’m New Here.”
Eminem was among the artists to recognize his inspiration, tweeting, “RIP Gil Scott-Heron. He influenced all of hip-hop,” while Usher paid tribute to the singer’s “Revolution,” writing, “The revolution will be live!!”
Chuck D shared the sentiment, “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 & recognize.”
Ghostface Killah asked everyone to “Salute Mr. Gil Scott-Heron for his wisdom and poetry!” adding, “May he Rest in Paradise.”
For more on Scott-Heron’s life and work, visit our sister blog, Pop & Hiss.
-- Emily Christianson
Photo: Gil Scott-Heron. Credit: Mischa Richter.