His first book of poetry was published in 1970. It was entitled Small Talk on 125th and Lennox.
He followed this book with two novels: The Vulture (1970), which illustrates a melanated revolutionary group attempting to rebuild a community and The Nigger Factory (1972), which portrayed students struggling to create change within their small black college.
His influential blend of musicality and oral tradition meshed well; it fused together the spoken word and vocals with jazz, latin rhythms and blues.
From a stylistic perspective, potent cultural, political and social statements permeate Scott-Heron's narrative poetry. He often spoke rhythmically and his impassioned vocal phrasing was played over jazz riffs or melodic blues.
Hiss approach reflected the natural progression of jazz, in terms of musical content and form; meanwhile, his awesome command of the language and information foretold the emergence of melodic rap tunes.
Toward the end of the 1980s, Scott-Heron released 16 albums and continued to perform at both pop and jazz music venues.
The video below is one of the earliest and best-known pieces from Scott-Heron, which was written in 1971. In it, he parodies the inane aspects of commercial television; his sarcasm punctuates his pertinent appeal for melanated activism and fresh leadership.