Gil Scott Heron: Americas' Poetic Conscience

Scott-Heron's confrontational, no-nonsense street poetry and songwriting skills have inspired the modern Hip-Hop generation.

From Watergate to Apartheid, the Bicentennial to Reaganomics, and the Gulf War to gang wars, Scott-Heron has framed the issues for fellow political activists around the world. Indeed, for nearly four decades and over sixteen albums, Gil Scott-Heron has been a poetic conscience for America. (The album above, Pieces of a man, was Scotts' second album released in 1971)

"The Bottle" (Press menu to see more videos by Gil Scott Heron. I recommend "Is That Jazz")