Gil Scott-Heron - His music, most notably on Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 70s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop & neo soul Scott-Heron remained active until his death, in 2010 released his 1st new album in 16yrs, entitled I'm New Here. His recording work received much critical acclaim, especially one of his best-known compositions "The Revolution Will Not BeTelevised". His style influenced every generation of hip hop.
Gil Scott-Heron ~ "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." (Apr 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011): American soul & jazz poet, author, musician, best known for spoken word performer in '70s & '80s. Efforts w/ Brian Jackson featured musical fusion jazz, blues, soul, w/lyrical content socio- political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping & melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His music early '70s helped engender African-American music genres such as hip hop & neo soul. ~Via Eric Schmidt