Wikipedia : This day (May 27, 2011), in New York City, U.S, died Gil Scott-Heron, an American soul and jazz poet, musician and author.
Gil Scott-Heron : His collaborative efforts with Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron.
@allmusic : One of the most important progenitors of rap music,Scott-Heron’s aggressive, no-nonsense street poetry inspired a legion of intelligent rappers while his engaging songwriting skills placed him square in the R&B charts
@last.fm : Known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word performer, associated with African American militant activists, Heron is perhaps most well known for his poems/songs “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and “What’s the Word – Johannesburg”
Video : We Almost Lost Detroit (2010) . The Other Side (2010) . 95 South (All Of The Places We’Ve Been) (1998) . Winter In America (1994) . We Almost Lost Detroit (1990) . Gun (1978) . Live In Johannesburg (1976) . The Bottle .