Black Wax

Black Wax (1983)

With The Most Dangerous Musician Alive, Gil Scott-Heron

  • Genre: Documentary, Music
  • Release Date: 1983-01-12
  • Runtime: 1h 19min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Mug-Shot
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director:


Gil Scott-Heron, one of rap's earliest (and unfortunately unknown) pioneers, gets his full due in Black Wax, the 1982 documentary recently reissued on video. Interspliced between performance footage of Scott-Heron and his Midnight Band are vignettes of him walking around Washington D.C., spouting his views on then-President Reagan (dubbed "Ray-Gun") and generally dropping knowledge. The live performance features many of Scott-Heron's best-known hits, including "Johannesburg," "Winter in America," and "Angel Dust," among others. Warm, intelligent, and insightful throughout, Scott-Heron is clearly enjoying himself and the opportunity to espouse his views. A must for any fan of Scott-Heron's, and definitely worth a look for fans of the funkier jazz music of the mid to late 1970's.

Black Wax Trailer

Black Wax Photos

  • Gil Scott-Heron

    as Himself
  • Glen 'Astro' Turner

  • Gia Scott-Heron

    as Herself
  • Ed Brady

    as Himself
Directing Robert Mugge Director
Production Robert Mugge Producer
Crew Larry McConkey Cinematography
Editing Robert Mugge Editor