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RIP Gil Scott Heron
The Fat Beat Diet, May 30th 2011

Taking a few moments on the Fat Beat Diet tonight to pay respects to one of the greats who sadly recently passed away: Gil Scott Heron. Jody Rosen puts together a very good obituary on Slate.com as did Joshua Ostsroff in the G&M, contextualizing Scott Heron’s work in the larger socio-political landscape.

I must have heard pleanty of Gil Scott Heron’s work sampled in early hip hop, and I was aware of ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, but the first time I remember taking notice was the first time I heard The Bottle, which was probably already 15 or so years after it was released on 1974’s incredible ‘Winter in America’. Driving funk accompanied by biting social commentary as was typical of his work. Delving more into that album was revelatory. I get teary-eyed just thinking of Your Daddy Loves You; God help me if I every have a daughter because then that song will just be too personal.

Gil Scott Heron clearly changed the music scene and without him, hip hop would likely have been a far less interesting art form. Public Enemy did what they did because Gil Scott Heron did what he did, as stated by Chuck D. But Scott Heron disavowed the title bestowed on him of ‘Godfather of Rap’, and even though on the show I often double up original sample sources with the tracks that sample them, for this hasty tribute mix I’ve chosen just to let Gil Scott Heron’s varied work speak for itself.

Too late! File removed (mp3 – 40Mb)

We start the second part of the show with a duo of tracks which sample from Gil Scott Heron, before just rollin’ with some hip hop beats.

The Fat Beat Diet, May 23rd 2011 part 2 (mp3 – 35Mb)

Tracklist
The Fat Beat Diet – May 30th, 2011
CJSW 90.9FM
Mixed/Hosted by Marco Primo

artist – name [time]

Part 1 – Gil Scott-Heron Tribute Mix
Gil Scott-heron & Brian Jackson – We Almost Lost Detroit [08:33:30 PM]
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – Home is Where the Hatred Is
Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle
Gil Scott-Heron – The Klan
Blackalicious – first in flight Featuring Gil Scott Heron
Gil Scott-heron & Brian Jackson – Shut ‘um Down
Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jack – your daddy loves you [09:01:45 PM]
Gil Scott Heron and Brian Jack – rivers of my fathers
Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott Heron – A Legend In His Own Mind
Gil Scott-Heron vs Jamie XX – My Cloud

Part 2
Kanye West – My Way Home (Featuring Common)
Mos Def – Mr. Nigga
K-DEF – Getting Hot
Tiye Phoenix – Too Late For Us ft Phonte [09:28:06 PM]
Daru, AB – You Know The Place
Kev Brown – Struggla’s Theme ft. Grap Luva
Ghetto Concept – ez on the motion
Dj Cosm – Better World ft qwazaar of typical cats
Pete Rock – Blindsided (Instrumental)
Pete Rock – Collector’s Item (Instrumental)
INI – Collector’s Item
Masta Ace – The I.N.C. Ride
q-tip – let’s ride
Wale – Let’s Ride f Daniel Merriweather (prod. by Mark Ronson)
The Game – Let’s Ride
Dr. Dre – Let Me Ride
Jay-Z – Do U Wanna Ride (Feat. John Legend) (Produced By Kanye West)
Marc Mac pres. Visioneers – Rollin’ For The Ride [09:57:53 PM]

1 Comment

  1. I think your links are borked?? The pt. 2 links to the same file, and the download is only like 2oKB?

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