Gil Scott-Heron Honored by Kanye West at Memorial Service
Daughter Gia Scott-Heron described her father as "a man who kept it realer than life."
Kanye West was among those who paid respect to spoken word artist and "bluesologist" Gil Scott-Heron, who passed away at age 62 last week, at a memorial service in Harlem's Riverside Church Thursday.
In addition to West, a trio of Scott-Heron's longtime backing musicians gave a spirited performance of the artist's songs "Better Days Ahead" and "The Bottle," while the audience clapped along.
Also a poet, Scott-Heron's daughter Gia read an inspired piece of prose she'd written for her father called "Time" and sang a stirring rendition of "The Rose" by Amanda McBroom, popularized by Bette Midler. Gia Scott-Heron described her father as "a man who kept it realer than life."