Gil Scott was a trail blazer of his generation. His politically conscience poetry set to the funk music of the 70's gave way to many different type of artist expression during the decade. His most memorable piece "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" served as a back drop to some of the 80's conscience rappers such as Public Enemy and more. He was born in Chicago and his first LP "Small Talk at 125th and Lenox came out in 1970. The album dealt with the superficiality of TV and Mass Consumerism, hypocrisy in black leaders, white ignorance of difficult black life in the inner city and even homophobia....Many of those problems still exist today. His career spanned some 40 years until his death in 2011. Peep the unsung episode below along with rare footage of him performing with Richard Pryor.
Gil Scott-Heron & Richard Pryor from Culture Cuts on Vimeo.