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Godfather of Rap Talks with the BPP

Gil Scott-Heron, the man who's credited with laying the foundation for modern hip hop and rap, stopped by for an interview. Scott-Heron was also a key figure in the movement to create a holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. He's got a new book coming out called Last Holiday, all about the history behind the holiday. He talked with us about how Stevie Wonder toured the country back in the 80's trying to convince the country at that time that this needed to happen. Scott-Heron was with him on that tour.

He also played a couple songs in studio and read a poem he wrote about MLK day. Here's the poem: