Monday, May 30, 2011

RIP Gil Scott-Heron

Poet, singer, activist - the world lost one of the greats on Friday as the legendary Gil Scott-Heron passed away at the age of 62 in New York City. Scott, who famously said "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," had influenced so many with his socially conscious words and actions. Though the cause of death has still yet to be determined, his health has been at the forefront since he told New York Magazine in 2008 that he was HIV positive. He was hospitalized recently after feeling ill after returning from a recent trip to Europe.

An outpouring of emotion and condolences have come across from the whole music industry from Cee-Lo, Eminem, Radiohead, Snoop Dogg, Ghostface Killah, Chuck D, Usher and many more all paying tributes via Twitter or their respective websites. Gil Scott-Heron recently received critical praise after his album and collaboration with Jamie xx of The xx We're New Here was released earlier this year.