Long Live Gil Scott Heron
With divisive and polarizing times such as these, I often reflect back to artists who had the talent to explain the unexplainable. Nowadays I try to find contemporary artists who can do so however more often than that I find myself clinging onto the many wise words of Gil Scott Heron. His influence can be heard in modern musicians as well but his classic albums and books have stood the test of time well beyond since his hayday. Like they say, black don’t crack.
What I loved most about Heron is that he not only delivered a message within his works but he also did it with style, anger, grace, and most importantly authenticity. He left himself exposed and we the listener and reader were all the better for it. That’s truly all any of us can ask of any artist.
From the Nigger Factory to Small Talk at 125th and Lennox, he always made it a point to challenge ideas, normalcy’s, and institutions that sought to hurt those most vulnerable. I can’t help but wonder what he would have to say now as we find ourselves in a position that most could not have imagined in their wildest dreams and scariest nightmares. Heron most famously one said “the revolution will not be televised” but one thing’s for sure, if Trump has anything to do with it, it will most certainly be trending.