I got into Gil Scott-Heron’s music and poetry fairly recently, around 2005, and I instantly was a fan. He had a motivating vibe to all his work, and it always made me think deeply about my Blackness and our culture.
Two of my favorite songs off the top are “Almost Lost Detroit” and “Angel Dust”. I also like his cover of Esther Phillips’ “Home Is Where The Hatred Is.” Of course I can’t forget to mention his most popular piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”
Gil Scott-Heron, you will be missed.