Editors’ Notes You could call Gil Scott-Heron a hip-hop forefather. Debuting in 1970, the poet and songwriter's political lyrics and street smart mentality definitely inspired the generation of rappers that would soon step on the scene. Here are the key ways his music has been sampled, including torch-bearing moments from Common, The Coup, and Kendrick Lamar, plus funky loop science from KMD and Flying Lotus.

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