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Gil Scott-Heron, Mos Def, Kanye West and Thom Yorke

I was just listening to a playlist on my MBP that ran through a particularly sweet spot - Gil Scott-Heron's New York Is Killing Me Mos Def remix into Kanye West's Power which slid perfectly into Thom Yorke's Black Swan. I didn't plan that sequence, I must have been psycho-drifting, but hearing those songs together made me realize that not only does hip hop owe a deep debt to Scott-Heron but also musical/social agitators like Yorke. Scott-Heron's legacy runs deep. We should take note of it now and not leave it too late ala Captain Beefheart.

Take a listen:

Gil Scott-Heron - New York Is Killing Me (Mos Def remix)

Kanye West - Power

Thom Yorke - Black Swan

 

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