Tue, 7 June 2011
If there is any artist who personifies what Vernon and Kamau are thinking when they use the term "field negro" it is Gil Scott-Heron. Gil Scott-Heron passed away May 27, 2011 and left us a legacy of some of the most powerful and legendary political and heartfelt music that the world has ever seen. Clearly there are strains of Gil Scott-Heron in Chuck D, Zack de la Rocha, Boots Riley, Common, Michael Franti, Guru, Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Saul Williams and many others. On this episode Vernon and Kamau spend most of the hour discussing Gil's impact on the world, on music and his struggles with addiction. And towards the end, Kamau spends a few minutes talking about how much his life has been profoundly changed recently by the addition of the latest field negro, his newborn daughter.
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