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Musician Gil Scott-Heron Dies

5/28/2011 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gil Scott-Heron, who wrote the poem and song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died in New York City yesterday. He was 62.

According to reports, Scott-Heron became sick after returning from a trip to Europe.

Scott-Heron's work paved the way for modern hip-hop, and several rappers -- including Public Enemy front man Chuck D and Eminem -- expressed their condolences via Twitter (link, link).

Just last year he released his first new album in 16 years, "I'm New Here."


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Jar Jar Binx

1191 days ago

Glenda in Texas    

Rest in paradise to this beautiful and talented artist.

1191 days ago


Gil has retired to the giant crack pipe in the sky

1191 days ago


Canadasux 3 hours ago

Who? Is he the "new" homeless guy with another golden voice.

By the way, I'm also clueless about this guy. But, I'm 54-years-old!
played at Woodstock, smoked a lot of crack

1191 days ago


gil scott heron tribute mix for stream or download

1191 days ago


Shut up everybody. A Great Man just died.

1191 days ago


Tell me brother, have you heard
from Johannesburg?
They tell me that our brothers over there
refuse to work in the mines,
They may not get the news but they need to know
we're on their side.
Now sometimes distance brings
misunderstanding, ----GSH
put down the pipe and read the damn news.....
Labour Last Updated: May 6, 2011 - 12:27:20 PM

Mandela and Zuma Gold Mine 'Exploiting Workers'
By Martin Plaut, BBC 5/5/11
May 6, 2011 - 12:25:57 PM

A South African gold mining company owned by members of the Mandela and Zuma families is accused of exploiting its political connections to avoid punishment over its abuse of workers.
The company is also accused of profiting from selling mine assets it does not own - a claim it vehemently denies.
"I'm drowning in debts at the moment, and I don't have any food because I have no income," says Primrose Javu.
"We're living in a very, very bad condition here."
She is standing in the kitchen of her small three-room flat, proud of the furniture, TV and hi-fi she bought herself when she was getting paid for working hundreds of metres underground, in a gold mine.
But she knows it will not be long before the debt collectors come and take it all away.
"They can come to fetch it any time, because I am not getting any salary. This company called Aurora, they just ran away with our pay. We don't get anything."
Ms Javu's employer, Aurora Empowerment Systems, took control of two gold mines just outside of Johannesburg around 18 months ago.
Today, South Africa's mining unions claim the company owes its workers more than 12m rand (£1.1m; $1.8m) in unpaid salaries.
Because of the names which are associated with this saga, we have got a barrier.

1191 days ago


for you canadasux, when you have nothing to say remember YOU "should'nt say nothing.

1191 days ago


Too bad he couldn't take rap and hip-hop with him to the grave.

1191 days ago

Bill Leslie    

The revolution may not be televised but it will be live blogged, tweeted and youtubed. Even the SEAL hit team on Osama was live tweeted from bum fvck Afghanistan.

1191 days ago


ya'll #Lame if u dont kno Gill he's a OG dat tourd wit STEVIE Wonder n dem in da time OF DR MARTIN n MALCOM x ya'll kno dem rite!! if u dnt kno n e of that jus kno dat "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"

1191 days ago


He looks good for 90.

1191 days ago


The Last Poets changed my life back in the day and Gil was one of their powerful voices. Their poetry put to music made me think and become.The kiddies won't know but he helped start the revolution that brought us to where we are now.
Luv u man;RIP. … you can find his work on youtube.

1191 days ago


He was a talented musical philosopher. So sad. Unfortunately, he was addicted to crack like many great talented people. Gregory Isaacs, my favorite singer, (Night Nurse) was also addicted to crack. I hate what it has done to people. Crack sucks out their talent, looks, money, family and everything good. Gil Scott-Heron admitted he was positive for HIV due to drugs. May he rest in peace.

1191 days ago


Rest in Peace, Gil. You were a huge presence!

1191 days ago
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