Although sometimes referred to as “the godfather of rap,” in reality Gil Scott-Heron at his peak was one of the world’s top poets and an important voice in expressing the feelings of minorities and those on the left side of politics. Born in Chicago in 1949, Scott-Heron spent time living in Tennessee before attending high school in the Bronx. He finished his first volume of poetry by the time he was 13. Scott-Heron attended college at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University, meeting keyboardist Brian Jackson, who would become involved in Scott-Heron’s most important recordings. However, Scott-Heron dropped out after a year to work as a writer, having success with his first novel, The Vulture.
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