No one can do everything, but everyone can do something
Gil Scott-Heron wasn’t a vet. Even when protest songs in the 70s were directed at the Vietnam war, Scott-Heron’s music focused on the war against racism and poverty at home. Where most Memorial Day related things you will see today offer store discounts and other irrelevant garbage, it seems more than appropriate to take a minute to remember all of America’s heroes. The so-called “Godfather of Rap” passed away last Friday, and with him we lost an American icon and extremely influential voice in music.
Scott-Heron is said to have laid the groundwork for rap as an art form to take flight, though he would personally deny these claims. His spoken-word style of music was poetic, soulful and often bluesy. Most known for his famous “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” Scott-Heron was an active musician until his death, having released an album just last year.
RIP to Gil Scott-Heron and all of America’s heroes. May their memory never be forgotten.
You can find Gil Scott-Heron’s work on iTunes