Gil Scott-Heron: New York is Killing Me

Posted on: February 11th, 2010 at 6:18 am by

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Gil Scott-Heron made a name for himself in the late seventies and early eighties with a string of prolific recordings.  Born in Chicago (on April Fools Day), but raised in the Bronx, his brand of music and spoken-word street poetry became an inspiration to legions of neo-soul and Hip Hop upstarts. In fact, many consider his body of work a direct precursor to the genre. Hit songs like “The Bottle” and “Johannesburg” still sound fresh today, some thirty years after initial release.

After years of drug-related offenses and prison time, Scott-Heron is back with I’m New Here, his first album of new material since 1994.  One track stands out from the rest on this short, 28-minute record – “New York is Killing Me.”

Go ahead, take a swig from the bottle…

Read more about Gil Scott-Heron at All Music Guide.

[via Pitchfork]

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