Watch Gil Scott-Heron Cover Robert Johnson

January 27, 2010  |  10:00am

Don’t let the title of Gil Scott-Heron’s upcoming album, I’m New Here, fool you. The poet/jazz musician has been around since the late 1960s. His work, including the critically-acclaimed “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” has inspired generations of hip-hop artists, thinkers and fans of witty, thoughtful art.

I’m New Here is due out Feb. 9 on XL Recordings, and amongst the 15 tracks on the album is Scott-Heron’s take on Delta-blues legend Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil.” Recently, Scott-Heron debuted a music video for “Me and the Devil.” Featuring gritty, black-and-white urban scenes and shirtless, skateboarding youth painted like skeletons, the video reads an awful lot like the opening credits of The Wire, but the music behind it is all drum-machine soul. Scott-Heron saves the best for last, ending the video with a clip of him reading from his 1970 novel The Vulture.

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