Editors’ Notes The man who once gave us “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and inspired a generation of rappers returns after spending much of the previous decade in and out of prison on drug charges. His gripping baritone handles the spoken-word pieces with his usual authority, but it’s the surprising musical turns that make this a true comeback. Robert Johnson’s “Me and The Devil Blues” is given a facelift with hip-hop beats haunting its steps. The title track features Scott-Heron covering a Smog tune as a ‘60s folksinger with acoustic guitar supporting his community-activist bones. “Your Soul and Mine” adds ominous synths and a solid, mechanical backbeat to his comforting but unflinching wise man’s delivery. “The Crutch” speaks from inside a drug addict’s head. The R&B classic “I’ll Take Care of You” receives an unnerving interpretation where the promise sounds more like a threat.  “Where Did the Night Go” pumps with a palpable fear under its tough talk, while “Running” works as pure menace. “New York Is Killing Me” is surprisingly sparse. While the world has become more uncertain and Scott-Heron’s music reflects this, Scott-Heron is back and ready for a good fight.

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On Coming from a Broken Home, Pt. 1
1
2:20
 
Me and the Devil
2
3:33
 
I'm New Here
3
3:33
 
Your Soul and Mine
4
2:02
 
Parents (Interlude)
5
0:18
 
I'll Take Care of You
6
2:58
 
Being Blessed (Interlude)
7
0:12
 
Where Did the Night Go
8
1:14
 
I Was Guided (Interlude)
9
0:14
 
New York Is Killing Me
10
4:29
 
Certain Things (Interlude)
11
0:08
 
Running
12
2:00
 
The Crutch
13
2:44
 
I've Been Me (Interlude)
14
0:16
 
On Coming from a Broken Home, Pt. 2
15
2:15
 
Making "I'm New Here"
16
5:50
 

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