from Detroit Free Press

Musician, poet Gil Scott-Heron dies

Poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron died Friday at age 62 in New York, NPR reported, citing his book publisher.

He is best known for his spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” but he also recorded the seminal “We Almost Lost Detroit.” He is considered a progenitor of hip-hop and inspired a generation of rappers with his no-nonsense street poetry. Rapper Kanye West has sampled Scott-Heron’s voice.A cause of death was not immediately reported.

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