Friday, May 27, 2011
#29 Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson "The Bottle" 1974
Often called "The Godfather of Rap", Gil Scott-Heron had a razor sharp eye always on the look out for injustices laid upon America's black community. Word came late today that he passed away at age 62. The man was" righteous" in every definition of the word.
He will be remembered by the masses for "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" but his catalog is worth digging into more deeply.
"The Bottle", from an album he did with keyboardist and flute player Brian Jackson, takes on the rampant alcoholism that has plagued black communities for generation after generation. Scott-Heron himself battled drug addiction. "The Bottle" is just one of the great numbers from the 1974 album Winter In America.