Saturday, May 28, 2011

News: Gil Scott-Heron Passes Away

"Because I always feel like running 
Not away, because there is no such place 
Because if there was, I would have found it by now 
Because it's easier to run, 
Easier than staying and finding out you're the only one who didn't run 
Because running will be the way your life and mine will be described, 
As in "the long run" 
Or as in having "given someone a run for his money" 
Or as in "running out of time" 
Because running makes me look like everyone else, though I hope there will ever be cause for that 
Because I will be running in the other direction, not running for cover 
Because if I knew where cover was, I would stay there and never have to run for it 
Not running for my life, because I have to be running for something of more value to be running and not in fear 
Because the thing I fear cannot be escaped, eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from, 
Not without showing the fear as I see it now 
Because closer, clearer, no sir, nearer 
Because of you and because of that nice 
That you quietly, quickly be causing 
And because you're going to see me run soon and because you're going to know why I'm running then 
You'll know then 
Because I'm not going to tell you now" 

-Gil Scott-Heron

Today we lost an icon at 4 PM, as he lay in a New York City hospital, at the age of 62.....

Gil was a complicated man, who triumphed, struggled and was in-between many times throughout his life. Personally, I believe he's one of the most important poets of the Hip-Hop generation's lifetime...His work is in peace Gil. 


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