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Gil Scott-Heron: Beyond a Rap Precursor

Gil Scott Heron Reflections

Today, April 1 marks the date of birth of the melodic wordsmith who would have turned 70 years old. Gil Scott-Heron is commonly referred to as the “Godfather of Rap” by those who hoard the parameters of Hip-Hop. Public Enemy’s Chuck D heralded Scott-Heron as “the manifestation of the spoken word” in a 2010 profile […]

Legendary Poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, Father of Earl Sweatshirt, Has Died at 79

Keorapetse Kgositsile

Esteemed South African poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile, also the father of rapper Earl Sweatshirt, has passed away at the age of 79. Also known by his pen name, Bra Willie, he scummed to a short illness at a Johannesburg hospital on January 3rd. Visit for more information Kgositsile became an “instrument of […]