May 28, 2011
No matter how far gone we gone
, spoken-word poet who inspired generations of rap artists, who wrote famous "
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
" and "
We Almost Lost Detroit,
" died Friday afternoon in New York, at the age of 62.
May he rest in peace.
UPDATE: From a
on Scott-Heron's attempt at comeback: "I ain’t saying I didn’t invent rapping,” says Gil Scott-Heron. “I just cannot recall the circumstances.”