RIP, Gil Scott-Heron

By Joe Courter

I had the experience of sitting in a New Jersey living room with my 60-something sister-in-law and her 30-something daughter on May 28, the day the news broke about the death of Gil Scott-Heron. Neither of them had heard of him, they commented. I said he was a very important figure in my life. If you have not heard of him, or need a refresher course, use the web’s great resources and spend some time with this troubled genius. The following came from Clutch magazine:

“Considered by many to be the godfather of hip-hop, Gil Scott-Heron was indeed a visionary. Since his passing last Friday in New York City, fans and fellow musicians from all genres have poured out their hearts to say thank you to the revolutionary who paved the way for many of today’s biggest artists. Chicago native Lupe Fiasco posted a piece on his blog dedicated to Scott-Heron, whom the MC referred to as a “guiding light of a human being.” The poem plays off Heron’s infamous spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Riffing off the 1970s classic, Lupe pays homage to a great while reminding us of the present.”

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized

by Wasalu “Lupe Fiasco” Jaco

Idiot boxes of the world unite! To fight off the effects of intelligence, replace smart quotes with fart jokes, substitute sense with scenes from “Martin,” let the baby’s bathe in that glow and learn all manner of things they don’t really need to know!

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

Channel the content of some rambling nonsense deep into the annals of yo’ subconscious, deprogram and depress chasing some televised success, be them, that, they and those be everything but in control,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

Small claims Court drama, teenage baby mamas, Osama watching Osama, Celebrity Endorsed indoor saunas, the perfectly cooked piraña and other cannonfodder for you to ponder, all at the speed of imitations of life while the smoke of war gets inhaled thru the peace pipes, be still my beating heart and scare my brain from thinking thoughts as i sit intoxicated by the delights, sarcasm and 3 strikes thrown by my favorite pitcher in a sound surrounded, 3 dimensional, high death, full color mixture, wholly unsocializing and completely uncensored,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

By this one-eyed monster most of the world was raised, and by this hero most of the world was saved, and to this master most of the world is slaves, it factors your fears with actors and cheers from a live studio audience pushing you to engage in a heroic act of thoughtlessness for the grand prize of a little bread, fleeting fame in the circus and every thought in yo head,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

“Ain’t no changing me” said my flat screen TV, No More Che’s to the rescue, or Black Panthers to correct you, just coaxial cables and satellite signals to connect you to a world that doesn’t really look like it does on TV, where everything is much shorter, fatter, uglier and in disorder, where u have to do it now because there are no digital recorders where if the present gets boring you can just fast forward,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

So there will be no revolution, or paradoxically ironic televised public execution of the entire worldwide televising institution, there wont even be a celebritized, televised trial of old baby blue, cuz you see my dear friends the television will not be revolutionized but what about the revolution that should taking place inside………………….of you?

By Wasalu “Lupe Fiasco” Jaco in dedication to that guiding light of a human being, Gil Scott-Heron.

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