Best (And Worst!) of 2011

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Worst: Gil-Scott Heron Dies

Hip hop lost one of its founding fathers with the passing of Gil-Scott Heron on May 27. In the past four decades, the musician and spoken-word artist laid the foundation for what we now call hip hop and neo soul, influencing every major artist in the genre — whether they know it or not. Heron was productive until his last breath, releasing his last album, I'm New Here, in 2010.

 

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