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- Posted on May 30th 2011 12:00PM by Jason MacNeil
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Scott-Heron's 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' -- a landmark poem and song from his 1970 album, 'Small Talk at 125th and Lenox' -- was cited by many current artists as a heavily influential piece and has been reference or sampled in dozens of songs from artists as diverse as Elvis Costello and Gorillaz.
After news of Scott-Heron's death began to circulate late Friday night, Eminem, Radiohead and Snoop Dogg, among many others, took to the Internet to pay tribute to the late icon.
Here are some of those heartfelt thoughts:
"RIP Gil Scott Heron," Eminem said via Twitter. "He influenced all of hip-hop."
"Ahhhh Gil Scott-Heron....," Red Hot Chili Peppers' basisst Flea said via Twitter. "Man......R.I.P. What a beautiful dude, been listening to him a lot lately too....god bless his soul."
"I met Gil Scott Heron at SOBs in 1993, I went to see him perform," rapper Talib Kweli said via Twitter. "He completely influenced me as an artist." Kweli also posted a series of subsequent messages on Twitter with Scott-Heron's samples on Black Star's 'Brown Skin Lady' and Kanye West's 'On My Way Home.'
"RIP GSH..and we do what we do and how we do because of us," Public Enemy rapper Chuck D said via Twitter. "And to those that don't know tip your hat with a hand over your heart & recognize."
"I just learned of the lost of a very important poet...RIP Gil Scott Heron," Usher stated via Twitter. "The revolution will be live!!"...URIV."
Radiohead's Thom York posted an 'Office Chart' on the band's official site with a list of songs dedicated to the late Scott-Heron. Songs included 'Running' and 'Ur Soul And Mine,' both by Scott-Heron and the xx's Jamie XX.
"#RIP to 1 of tha greats gil scott heron," Snoop Dogg said via Twitter.
"Damn Gil," the Roots' Questlove wrote via Twitter. "Rip."
"Awww man...sad day...," rapper Lupe Fiasco said on his Twitter account. "RIP Gil Scott-Heron...May God have mercy on your soul! #WinterInAmerica #RevolutionWillNotBeTelevised."
Finally, the Beastie Boys posted a simple message on their own site: "Gil Scott-Heron R.I.P."