71. Gil Scott-Heron

71. Gil Scott-Heron
We severely doubt that there will be anytime soon where music fans will debate the validity of Rap music especially in terms of its placement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To those who raise that vocal inquiry, we can only imagine the reaction should the Proto Rap pioneer, Gil Scott-Heron get in.   Granted, Gil Scott-Heron has to be considered the most important Proto Rap artists ever, but that label is too simplistic for him. Scott-Heron was not just a brilliant wordsmith, painting an urban picture that would help shape future Rap and Hip Hop artists. He was also an underappreciated musician with the ability to fuse Jazz and Soul, and much of his work also can be heard in today’s Acid Jazz. Like many on this list, his influence vastly eclipsed his success and with a possible fear of what he might say should he get inducted….well…. “this induction will not be televised”. The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1995   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Chicago, IL)   Nominated In: Never   Why He Will Get In: There is no doubt that he is influential in a genre that the Hall respects.   Why He Won’t Get In: He is largely forgotten in today’s Hip Hop world, and he could potentially be a loose cannon during an induction speech.   Essential Albums: Pieces of a Man (1971) Free Will (1972) Winter in America (1974)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (From Pieces of a Man, 1971) Home is Where the Hatred Is (From Pieces of a Man, 1971) Ain’t No New Thing (From Free Will, 1972) Rivers of My Fathers (From Winter in America, 1974) The Bottle (From Winter in America, 1974)   www.gilscottheron.free.fr {youtube}OET8SVAGELA{/youtube}{youtube}gXVV12-B3EU{/youtube}{youtube}_b2F-XX0Ol0{/youtube}{youtube}xtzlFO19m3k{/youtube}{acepolls 104}

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