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Lyrics Born Updates Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

December 2nd, 2014

SF Weekly posted an article today featuring a track off of Variety Show Season 6; “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.
This track is a collaboration LB has done with European group An Apple A Day and is as poignant today as much as it was 4 decades ago.

You can listen to the full track below and pick up the Lyrics Born Variety Show Season 6 mixtape right here

LB’s comments about the track and what it means today:

“I was both honored and ambivalent when presented with the opportunity of working with An Apple A Day on a remake of Gil Scott Heron’s classic song,” Lyrics Born wrote when we asked about how the track came together. “Honored to be the guy who was asked to remake the song, but ambivalent, because to be completely honest, the ‘opportunity’ to do so shouldn’t even exist anymore. We as human beings should’ve won the Revolution long ago.

“For all the beautiful things that America is and has become, we have an ugly historical legacy of racial and cultural inequality that won’t seem to let up. News of young, unarmed Black, Brown and Beige men such as Trayvon, Oscar, and Michael shot dead by law enforcement flood our social media timelines every 28 hours, creating a relentless tide of sorrow, disappointment, and anger in the nation. This horrific tradition should’ve ended in Gil-Scott Heron’s time, and ‘The Revolution’ should’ve been studied and revered as a musical timepiece, emblematic of a troubled period in American history ‘way back when.’ Yet here we are again… and again… and again.”

Read the full article here.