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Gil Scott-Heron, Friday, June 24, at the Ogden Theatre, may not be the father of rap music, but he's certainly been a major influence on those current hip-hoppers who are trying to push the genre forward. Scott-Heron was combining jazzy music and spoken/sung poetics a generation ago, and his current TVT album, Spirits, offers persuasive evidence that what he has to say is still worth hearing. Whether or not the revolution will be televised, Scott-Heron will be there to comment on it. You couldn't ask for a wiser or more generous pundit.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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