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The man who once gave us “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and inspired a generation of rappers returns after spending much of the previous decade in and out of prison on drug charges. His gripping baritone handles the spoken-word pieces with his usual authority, but it’s the surprising musical turns that make this a true comeback. Robert Johnson’s “Me and The Devil Blues” is given a facelift with hip-hop beats haunting its steps. The title track features Scott-Heron covering a Smog tune as a ‘60s folksinger with acoustic guitar supporting his community-activist bones. “Your Soul and Mine” adds ominous synths and a solid, mechanical backbeat to his comforting but unflinching wise man’s delivery. “The Crutch” speaks from inside a drug addict’s head. The R&B classic “I’ll Take Care of You” receives an unnerving interpretation where the promise sounds more like a threat.  “Where Did the Night Go” pumps with a palpable fear under its tough talk, while “Running” works as pure menace. “New York Is Killing Me” is surprisingly sparse. While the world has become more uncertain and Scott-Heron’s music reflects this, Scott-Heron is back and ready for a good fight.

Customer Reviews

Something of a miracle

Music like this coming from someone the world had left for dead is a testament to the artist's internal fire. He is a very special person more so because he is so far from perfect. Inspiring.
That grandmother of his must have been an incredible woman.

The wait is over

I've waited a long time to hear Gil Scott-Heron's new voice. The man, who founded an entirely new kind of music that continues to unravel and reform like DNA, shares his life honestly, illuminates ours.

Everything you could need or want

This is one of those albums I feel like I should say "Thank You" for.
It feels like a gift.
A beautiful, unexpected, powerful gift.

This is the most cohesive, seamlessly amalgamated album I have heard in recent memory.
Stitching past and present, love and hate, beauty and ugliness, fear and grit, everything and all that wasn't.

Buy this album.

Seriously. You'll be thankful.


Born: April 1, 1949 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most important progenitors of rap music, Gil 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 later in his career, backed by increasingly contemporary production courtesy of Malcolm Cecil and Nile Rodgers (of Chic). Born in Chicago but transplanted to Tennessee for his early years, Scott-Heron spent most of his high-school years in the Bronx, where he learned firsthand...
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