Gil Scott-Heron Performs at the BPP : The Bryant Park Project Video: Gil Scott-Heron performs "Three Miles Down" at the Bryant Park Project.
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Gil Scott-Heron Performs at the BPP

Often called the godfather of rap, Gil Scott-Heron is a walking philosopher who has seen it all.

We asked Scott-Heron to come into our studio to mark Martin Luther King Day. Scott-Heron opened for Stevie Wonder in 1981 on his tour to promote the creation of the national holiday.

Now he's writing a book about that experience, which should come out in the next year. (Bonus: Scott-Heron reads from his book of poetry, The Last Holiday.)

Scott-Heron performed "Three Miles Down" at the BPP studios: