Gil Scott-Heron: April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

Half-mast: Another tortured genius passes on.

Gil Scott-Heron has passed on.  Most people know him as one of the inspirations for hip hop and especially conscious rap.  And, of course, everyone knows “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and “The Bottle,” which was my favorite of the two.  Check it out:

And a good thing to keep in mind is that, despite is near-constant battles with addiction, he stayed active.  Here are two tracks from his critically acclaimed 2010 album, I’m New Here.

And this one:

Good night, Mr. Scott-Heron.

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