I discovered Gil Scott-Heron’s music far too late, I’m ashamed to admit. This morning I learned he died, just a year after he turned around his musical career after a decade filled with substance abuse. Last year he made the brilliant album I’m New Here, which Jamie xx produced into the sublime CD We’re New Here.

One of the most precious songs on Kanye Wests last CD was who will survive in America:

Which is only good because it uses a sample from a LP that Gil Scott-Heron produced 40 years before that (in 1970); Small Talk At 125th And Lennox:

Gil-Scott-Heron has produced some amazing stuff, and his revolution will not be televised.