For those who aren’t familiar with Gill Scott-Heron, a refresher:
Remember “My Way Home”, the track Common lyrically destroyed on Kanye West’s 2005 album Late Registration? The sample and vocals heard over the bridge are taken from Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where the Hatred Is”. Take it further back and listen to Talib Kweli and Mos Def’s “Brown Skin Lady” from their 1998 Black Star album, to hear a sample of Scott-Heron’s “We Almost Lost Detroit.” And if that’s not enough he is also the man behind the anti-establishment anthem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Do yourself a favor and google it.
Now that we’re familiar, listen below to the stream of I’m New Here, Scott-Heron’s brand new album on XL Recordings. Scott-Heron’s music isn’t for everyone, there’s a lot of emo space-age stuff going on here, and more spoken word than singing or rapping, but the man’s a legend and legends don’t release albums very often these days. Hear for yourself.
I’m New Here in stores February 8.