31 May '11, 4am

TODAYonline | Entertainment | Music | Godfather Of Rap dies

GIL Scott-Heron, an American poet and songwriter credited with helping inspire the development of rap music, has died at age 62. Scott-Heron died on Friday at a New York hospital, National Public Radio said on Saturday, citing his book publisher. He fell ill after returning from a trip to Europe, news reports said. The Chicago-born artist was called the Godfather Of Rap, a term he disliked, for his groundbreaking spoken-word performances set to music, including The Revolution Will Not Be Televised in the early 1970s. He recorded more than a dozen albums and was hailed as an important influence by hip hop performers such as Kanye West. Considered a voice of African-American activism, Scott-Heron was also a musical critic of apartheid and nuclear power. After serving a prison sentence for drug possession, Scott-Heron released an acclaimed album last year, I'm New Here. Reuters

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