Gil Scott-Heron Dies

Eminem, Talib Kweli and Snoop Dogg were among the rappers who acknowledged his influence after hearing the news.

Public Enemy member Chuck D said on Twitter: "We do what we do and how we do because of you."

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah wrote: "Salute Gil Scott-Heron for his wisdom and poetry! May he rest in paradise."

The hip-hop revolution did indeed happen live, a revolution Scott-Heron himself helped to pioneer. The legendary poet and artist passed away Friday in New York City.

Scott-Heron, widely considered one of the godfathers of rap with his piercing social and political prose laid against the backdrop of minimalist percussion, flute and other instrumentation, died on Friday at age 62. His was a life full of groundbreaking, revolutionary music and personal turmoil that included a battle with crack cocaine and stints behind bars in his later years.