By Nicholas Jennings on Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Category: Reviews

Music Review: Gil Scott-Heron - I’m New Here

Long before there was politically conscious rap, poetry slams or acid jazz, this pioneer was bravely laying the foundation for those genres with tracks like his 1981 classic “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Now 60, Gil has fallen on hard times and spent more of the past 16 years behind bars (for drug possession) than making music. But this collection of spoken verse from his prison diaries, stirring gospel and dark, brilliant blues (“New York is Killing Me”) marks the triumphant return of a true musical legend.