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Gil Scott-Heron: Goodbye to a hip-hop hero

Exploring the icon’s legacy

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When the musician, poet, and spoken-word artist died May 27 at age 62, he left behind a considerable legacy — one honored by the countless rappers who have sampled his work. Below, the 10 best tributes to Scott-Heron, and the originals from which they sprang.

1. Kanye West, ”Who Will Survive in America” (2010), from ”Comment #1” (1970)

2. KMD & MF Grimm, ”What a N—y Know?” (2001), from ”Pieces of a Man” (1971)

3. Jungle Brothers, ”Black Is Black” (1988), from ”The Bottle” (1974)

4. Black Star, ”Brown Skin Lady” (1998), from ”We Almost Lost Detroit” (1979)

5. Common, ”The People” (2007), from ”We Almost Lost Detroit” 6. The Game, ”Angel” (2008), from ”Angel Dust” (1974)

7. Masta Ace, ”Take a Look Around” (1990), from ”The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (1971)

8. Brother Ali, ”Whatcha Got” (2007), from ”B-Movie” (1981)

9. Kanye West, ”My Way Home” (2005), from ”Home Is Where the Hatred Is” (1971)

10. Grand Puba, ”Keep On” (1995), from ”We Almost Lost Detroit”