Gil Scott-Heron Returns For Real This Time

By Brian McManus
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In February, we spoke to legendary artist Gil Scott-Heron—“the black Bob Dylan,” the “Godfather of Rap”—at length in advance of his four-show stint at tiny Tin Angel. It was entirely snowed out (damn you, Snowpocalypse!!), and Scott-Heron makes up the dates this week. The following are some pithy highlights from our chat, which you can read in its entirety here.

On when he’ll record again:

”A lot of people tell me that they like my records, but they don’t buy them! So how the fuck would I know?”

Do you feel like you were put here to make music?

”No, I was put here because my mother and father loved each other. That’s how you have babies.”

On his stint at Rikers Island correctional facility:

”You know, it was just jail. You can get a good card game, watch the ball game.”

Sat., May 29

7:30pm and 9:30pm

Sun., May 30

6pm and 8:30pm


Tin Angel

20 S. Second St.


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