Gil Scott-Heron, musician and poet, has released his first LP in 14 years today on XL records. After releasing two seminal LPs in the 70s, he spent a long time in obscurity (and prison). Scott-Heron influenced a generation of hip-hop artists thorough his music, his proto-rap style poetry and his political and civil rights activism, with songs like "The Revolution will not be Televised", "The Bottle", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" and "Johannesberg".
Here is a statement from the man himself about his new LP:
There is a proper procedure for taking advantage of any investment.
Music, for example. Buying a CD is an investment. To get the maximum you must:
LISTEN TO IT FOR THE FIRST TIME UNDER OPTIMUM CONDITIONS.
Not in your car or on a portable player through a headset. Take it home. Get rid of all distractions, (even him or her). Turn off your cell phone. Turn off everything that rings or beeps or rattles or whistles. Make yourself comfortable. Play your CD. LISTEN all the way through. Think about what you got. Think about who would appreciate this investment. Decide if there is someone to share this with. Turn it on again. Enjoy Yourself.