Celebrities and musicians influenced from Heron's work took to their Twitter pages to pay respects to the late Gil Scott Heron who died Friday night. The outpouring of condolences to the late pioneer of rap included tweets from leaders in the rap industry including Diddy, Ghost Face Killa, Talib Kweli, Usher Raymond, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Solange, and many others.
Born in Chicago on April 1, 2940, Scott-Heron was considered the God Father of Rap who pioneered the industry through his songwriting and poetry that evolved into rap music. He was known for the 1970 hit song The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, which contained reflections onto his personal struggles with alcohol and drugs. His work touched on topics in politics, poetry, and mixed with third world music.
@iamdiddy : RIP Gil Scot-Heron
@GhostfaceKillah : Salute Mr. Gil Scott-Heron for his wisdom and poetry! May he Rest in Paradise. #Respect
@RealTalibKweli : I met Gil Scot Heron at SOBs in 1993, I went to see him perform. He completely influenced me as an artist.
@QtipTheAbstract :Peace go with you brotha Gil Scott-Heron.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o58I77Ux2J thanks 4 being direct, complex, bright and loving
@MrChuckD : RIP GSH..and we do what we do and how we do because of you.And to those that don't know tip your hat with a hand over your heart & recognize
@UsherRaymondIV : I just learned of the lost of a very important poet...R.I.P. Gil Scott Heron. The revolution will be live!!....URIV
@LupeFiasco : Awww man...sad day...RIP Gil-Scot Heron...May God have mercy on your soul! #WinterInAmerica #RevolutionWillNotBeTelevised
@Questlove : Damn Gil. Rip.
@Eminem : RIP Gil Scott-Heron. He influenced all of hip-hop.
@SnoopDogg : #rip to 1 of tha greats gil scott heron
@solangeknowels : Gil Scott Heron. U will be missed and remembered.