This month, Haseeb celebrates the life of legendary poet, musician and activist Gil Scott-Heron, joined in the studio by his daughter, Ché Scott-Heron. One of the most important African American voices in history and the precursor to all rap and hip-hop, both Haseeb and Ché map the incredibly fascinating life of Mr Scott-Heron.
Navigating the context of his hugely political voice, we hear personal anecdotes of what he was like as a father, how he and Stevie Wonder setup the petition to make Martin Luther King’s birthday a public holiday, succeeding, as well as how his father was the first-ever black player to play for Celtic FC.
They discuss what his voice represents in a modern context, exploring the endless samples of his work from the likes of Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Anderson Paak to name a few. As well as how he paved the way for African Americans to express their voices in a way that previously wasn’t possible, remembered by many as the ‘Godfather of Rap’.
A riveting two hours paying homage to one of the greatest ever, this is a conversation that’s not to be missed.