Wow, he is my favorite “rapper”. Home Again and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised are just so friggin awesome. Home Again captures, perfectly, the desperation of living in the inner city. Other than that I don’t know much about the guy. Any of you dopers grow up listening to him?
He is someone I have listened to a bit and liked - a sophisticated slam poet and performance artist as much as a rapper. Interesting to hear that his live performance was only okay, since I would’ve assumed it would be his strength.
All this love and nobody has pointed out to the OP that the man’s name was Gil Scott-Heron?
First Minute of a New Day is a wonderful album, another collaboration with Brian Jackson. It features the magnificent “Winter in America,” which, no matter what you think, did not appear on the Winter in America album. (That was a deliberate joke.)
Other songs to listen for that haven’t been mentioned include “Pardon Our Analysis (We Beg Your Pardon),” “Johannesburg” and “Whitey on the Moon.”
The inevitable nitpick: Small Talk at 125th and Lenox was his first album, and includes the first version of “The Revolution Will not Be Televised.”