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Gil Scott-Heron
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    (April 1, 1949-May 27, 2011)
    Notable songs include 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' (1970), 'Johannesburg' (1976), 'Whitey is on the Moon,' 'The Bottle' (1978) and 'B Movie' (1982)
    Books include 'The Vulture' (1970), 'The Nigger Factory' (1972) and Now and Then: The Poems of Gil Scott-Heron (2002)
    He was jailed for cocaine possession (2001).
    He was sentenced to 2-4 years for violating a plea bargain by leaving a drug treatment center (2006).
    According to the prosecution, one of the times he skipped out, was to attend an India.Arie concert.
    He smokes.
    He is considered a founding father of rap.
    His songs and poems confronted issues such as racism, poverty, apartheid and nuclear power.
    'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' has been referenced in songs by Public Enemy, Prince, and Elvis Costello.

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