Along with 'The Last Poets', GIL SCOTT HERON is the most important proto-rapper of the last five decades. 'I'm New Here' is his first album in thirteen years... American poet, musician, and author Gil Scott-Heron came to prominence in the late 60s and early 70s and is cited as a supreme influence on countless hip-hop vocalists and producers. Watch the BBC documentary (featuring MOS DEF, CHUCK D and more) here to learn more. hroughout a career spanning five decades, Scott-Heron' deep, soulful voice spoke of nukes, Reaganomics or apartheid, always from deep inside the tradition. In 1971 he laid out the blueprint for the whole rap genre with his slinky, bad-ass anthem "The Revolution Would Not Be Televised" (on which the then 23 year old poetically dismantled the entire 70s culture). Despite an incredible and influential body of work, he has not released an album since the 90s. Produced by XL label owner Richard Russell I'm New Here sees Gil reflecting on his life with his trademark vocal power and insight, sharing his visions among Russell?s flickering, electronic soundscapes; which at various times conjure up thoughts of BURIAL and THE XX, as well as a host of hip-hop influenced sounds. The album is brave, contemporary and quintessentially Gil Scott-Heron.