Posted in hiphop | music on June 2, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron

"Kanye West was among those who paid respect to spoken word artist and "bluesologist" Gil Scott-Heron, who passed away at age 62 last week, at a memorial service in Harlem's Riverside Church Thursday (June 2).

The service, which was open to the public, closed with West performing an Auto-Tuned yet emotional rendition of of "Lost In The World" -- the song from his latest album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," and one that samples the refrain, "Who will survive in America?" from Scott-Heron's well-known poem, "Comment #1."

In addition to West, a trio of Scott-Heron's longtime backing musicians gave a spirited performance of the artist's songs "Better Days Ahead" and "The Bottle," while the audience clapped along." [Billboard]
The viewing is Friday.

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Comments (17)

great tribute to a great artist.

nice acoustics in the church, and having grant's tomb across the street was a great reminder.

even with the foundation which that generation laid (people of all colors, perhaps THE GREATEST GENERATION), we still have a lot of work to do to get equal rights for all people

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 7:32 PM

How late was Kayne?

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 7:50 PM

nice acoustics in the church, and having grant's tomb across the street was a great reminder.

Posted by ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc | June 2, 2011 8:13 PM

what? no photos of the merch table?

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 8:39 PM

What a sad joke!
That lowlife represnts everything GSH would've hated.

Posted by Me | June 2, 2011 10:06 PM

is the use of autotune in church considered sacrilegious?

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 10:41 PM

was hummus served at the reception?

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 11:14 PM

Kanye west performing is an insult.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 11:23 PM

Gil was fine with Kanye using his music.On Kanye's new album he used Gil's works. That's a great compliment and big revenue source for Gil.

Posted by missyougil | June 2, 2011 11:41 PM

Yeah, seems like an insult to his legacy to me.

Kanye, please get over yourself already

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 12:42 AM

Didn't Gil sample Kanye too?

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 7:44 AM

i bet you andrew st clair will get some great shots of the casket

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 8:12 AM

after paying tribute to the iconic poet/dissident, he went to an award show and started ranting and raving on stage about a top40 artist

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 10:19 AM

KID CUDI / ALOE BLACC / DJ IRIE / TAMARA SKY playing TERMINAL 5 on JUNE 13 - event includes OPEN BACARDI BAR. tickets guarantee admission

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 11:03 AM

"KID CUDI / ALOE BLACC / DJ IRIE / TAMARA SKY playing TERMINAL 5 on JUNE 13 - event includes OPEN BACARDI BAR. tickets guarantee admission"

OMG open bacardi bar?!?!?!!? thanks for the heads up!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 11:38 AM

Gil was the voice of his generation, as ordained from all those who he empowered and inspired.

Kanye is the first self-appointed voice of his own generation---a generation that is literally watching its society degenerate into fascism and apathy.

We've come a long way.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 2:55 PM

255 made me sad...but only because it's true

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 4:57 PM

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