9 Nelson Mandela References In Hip-Hop Lyrics

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    Nelson Mandela has made a huge impact on the world. A true leader and inspiration to people everywhere. When your reference has made it into music by some of the biggest hip-hop artists out, you’ve truly impacted live across the globe. Nelson Mandela may be gone but his work and memory live on, especially in these hip-hop songs.


    “Married to Winnie, he think he really Nelson Mandela” – Wale

    Song: Future

    Artist: DJ Khaled

    Album: We The Best Forever



    “The pictures I paint, make the Mona Lisa look like fake art I feel the pain of Nelson Mandela” – Game

    Song:Letter to the King

    Artist: Game Feat. Nas

    Album: LAX



    “What if Nelson Mandela could give his time back?” -Jadakiss

    Song: What if

    Artist: Jadakiss feat. Nas

    Album: The Last Kiss



    “You can ask the bank teller But my money old like Nelson Mandela”- Lil Wayne

    Song: Talk That

    Artist: Lil Wayne feat. T-Pain

    Album: Shock Value 2 (unreleased song)


    “And Martin Luther King was never assassin Annotateated Imagine if Malcolm X would have made it And Nelson Mandela was never incarcerated” – Cassidy

    Song: Peace

    Artist: Cassidy

    Album:  C.A.S.H.: Cass Always Stay Hard



    “This is Nelson Mandela I represent Johannesburg, South Africa When in Africa chilling out I listen to Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek Reflection Eternal”. – Dave Chapelle

    Song: Experience Dedication

    Artist: Reflection Eternal

    Album: Train of Thought



    “When Nelson Mandela was freed from prison And spoke out at Yankee Stadium in New York, I was there” -KRS ONE

    Song:  I Was There

    Artist: KRS One

    Album: Hip Hop Lives



    “At the mic stand my performance is stellar Pop the tape in and I listen to fella I give a little shout to Nelson Mandela” – Beastie Boys

    Song: Get Busy

    Artist: Beastie Boys feat. Mixmaster Mic

    Album: TT5B



    “Beijing students fought aAnnotatermies with guns and knives At Kent State, they took four lives Nelson Mandela’s not free” – MC Serch

    Song: The Gasface (remix)

    Artist: 3rd Bass feat.  Prince Paul

    Album: The Cactus Album



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