Posted: Sun May 29, 2011 11:38 am Post subject: Rest In Peace, Gil Scott-Heron
I remember seeing him as part of a rap concert with Black Star, Dead Prez and some others... And what I recall is how effortlessly he commanded the stage and the rap audience's attention. Where the MCs were constanly moving, shouting, mugging, and overemphasizing their messages... making all kinds of effort to demand notice, Gil just sat at his Rhodes, sang with restraint, talked in a mellow conversational tone between songs. And it was totally and utterly enthralling. So much louder in effect, so much more substantial-seeming than all the furious energy of the rap acts surrounding him.
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