Gil Scott-Heron was one of the most influential artists of his generation, whose mesmerizing spoken word, often politically-charged music such as the seminal "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," set the stage for new levels of artistic expression in popular music.
The Chicago-born Scott-Heron began his recording career in 1970 with the LP Small Talk at 125th and Lenox. The album's 15 tracks dealt with themes such as the superficiality of television and mass consumerism, the hypocrisy of some would-be Black revolutionaries, white middle-class ignorance of the difficulties faced by inner-city residents, and homophobia. It began a forty year career that was among the most influential in the music industry.
Scott-Heron died in 2011, but his legacy lives on in the latest episode of TV One's "Unsung." In case you missed it, here is the full episode: