Lots of friends and relatives have paid tribute to the late Gil Scott-Heron in New York, on June 2, 2011.
Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron, who died at the age of 62 last month, May 27th, received a touching tribute even from Kanye West in Harlem (Riverside Church), where his memorial service was held.
Kanye West performed “Lost in the World” and “Who Will Survive in America”, songs from his last album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. “Who Will Survive in America” was co-written by Scott-Heron.. At the memorial there were also The Last Poets, Malcolm Cecil, Brenda Sykes (Scott Heron’s first wife) and Gia Scott-Heron daughter of the deceased, who read a poem and sang the song “The Rose”.
Scott Heron, singer and poet, was considered one of the iconic figures of American music and a real inspiration for his rap style “spoken word” and social issues in strong colors as in one of his most well-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.
For many called the “Godfather of Rap “, he died on the afternoon of May 27, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital, New York City, after becoming ill upon returning from a European trip.
Not to be forgotten, The music of Scott-Heron’s albums, most notably “Pieces of a Man” and “Winter in America” in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul.