The Godfather of HipHop

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By

Hope Elle

When one ask the question, “Where did Hip Hop originate from?” Likely, there may be numerous answers. However, if the question is, “Who founded Hip Hop?” You’re guaranteed to here this named uttered, in the topic of discussion, Gil Scott-Heron. Although, viewed in the music genres of American Jazz, particularly Jazz Poetry, Jazz-Funk,Soul and Proto-Rap.

Scott-Heron has been recognized throughout the industry as a spoken word artist, mainly in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His collaborative efforts with Brian Jackson, set the tone for a brilliant and ingenious musical fusion. Resulted in the engendered and creation of political rap, Hip Hop, Neo Soul and thus being labeled the Godfather of Rap.

Gil Scott-Heron’s career had expanded nearly 42 years, before his untimely death in 2011. And is most noted for his spoken word album Pieces of A Man. Which featured the hit urban political rap “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” According to Wikipedia.com, “the lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues”.

The critically acclaimed album spawned a once, recited poem into a mega hit. Originally, the song was recorded with bongos and congas drum. The recorded track included a studio session band. And was the B-side to another successful single on the album, “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”.  The potency and deep meaning of the song’s title, the original and necessary slogan for the 60’s Civil Rights Movement; in particular the Black Power Movement. It’s relevancy in the 1960’s United States, mentioned what the revolution will do, will not do or will not be.

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