Gil Scott Heron Harlem Tribute

By Marc “The Raz” Rasbury

Last August 5th, with the Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park serving as a background Gil Scott Heron gave one of his last NYC performances not too far from where grew up.

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It was a magical evening of music that I was glad I was able not only experience but photograph and document for several publications as well.

I never felt that Brother Heron got the just due he deserved as a musical icon and performer. However, as Melle Mel of Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five fame so eloquently put it upon hearing of Heron’s passing, “Gil Scott Heron laid down the foundation of what we now know as Hip Hop”. That was one of his many legacies.

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Very few artists can entertain, inspire and educate simultaneously. Gil Scott Heron was one of them. As great as his albums were, you had to see this cat perform in person to truly appreciate him. RIP Brother Scott and thanks for the memories.

Photos Marc “The Raz” Rasbury. Video of Gil Scott Heron in Marcus Garvey Park.

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