20 Nelson Mandela References in Hip Hop Music

20 Nelson Mandela References in Hip Hop Music is an important feature because Nelson Mandela is definitely one of the most celebrated icons of our time in Hip Hop Music and it’s not surprising to note that he has been cited in a lot of hip hop songs. Below is a list of 20 verses Nelson Mandela’s iconic stature was not only noted by bodied with clever lyrics that speak on the superhuman he was and his impact world over.

20 Nelson Mandela References in Hip Hop Music

20 Nelson Mandela References in Hip Hop Music

Kendrick Lamar– Mortal Man

“The ghost of Mandela, hope my flows they propel it Let these words be your earth and moon you consume every message As I lead this army make room for ”

Lupe fiasco – All Black Everything

ds condolences from Iran Where FOX News reports live That Ahmadinejad wins Mandela peace prize You would never know If you could ever be If you never”

Twista Art & Life (Chi-Roc)

“m my life Still accomplished, tryin’ to fill they cups The rap version of Mandela, call my bluff We still the street dwellers, feel my pain I spit a ”

G-Unit- I Don’t Want To Talk About It

“me like, Oh a preacher You niggaz got the nerve, I’m at Johannesburg With Mandela nephew blowin heavy herb Then back to the projects, low from the ta”

Lil Wayne – Talk That

“rever ya dig, ha, you can ask the bank teller bot my money old like Nelson Mandela ha, higher than a propellor and baby I can show you better than aca”

“What If”- Jadakiss featuring Nas

“What if Diddy did a dime flat?/What if Nelson Mandela could give his time back? What if Malcom was silent? What if Martin was violent?”- Jadakiss

“Future”- DJ Khaled featuring Ace Hood, Big Sean, Vado & Wale

“Multiple colors, my mind’s more productive than others/Married to Winnie, he think he really Nelson Mandela” –Wale

“Letter To The King”- The Game featuring Nas

“The pictures I paint, make the Mona Lisa look like fake art/I feel the pain of Nelson Mandela/Cause when it rains it pours, I need Rihanna’s Umbrella” –The Game

“Talk That”- Lil Wayne featuring T-Pain

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

“The Illest”- Immortal Technique featuring Jean Grae & Pumpkinhead

“I’ve just begun to bust, I’ll make this place open gondola/These racist cops wanna lock me longer than Nelson Mandela.” –Immortal Technique


“Imagine if Malcom X never would have made it/And Nelson Mandela was never incarcerated.” –Cassidy

K’naan -Take A Minute

“te and let it ride I’m just gonna take a minute and let it breeze How did Mandela get the will to surpass the everyday When injustice had him caged a”

Game- Letter To The King

“es I paint make the Mona Lisa look like fake art I feel the pain of Nelson Mandela Cuz when it rains it pours I need Rihannas umbrella For Coretta Sco”

Jay Z -oh My God

“Sold out shows out in Seoul, Korea Jo’burg, Dublin, Tanzania Lunch with Mandela, dinner with Cavalli Still got time to give water out to everybody ”

Camron – Hate Me now Frestyle

” you just Jump aroun’ if you love culture You love culture you ah goh free Mandela Come now Wine up yuh line if yuh love culture Tell Shabba to stop ”

Common – Gladiator

“il to the end that failed I rebel, NYSL, here to leave a trail like Nelson Mandela There’s nothing you could do (Man, why you want to go against me?)”

Game- Blood Diamonds

“ide these jewels Run up on you in broad day with them Siamese 2’s But nah, Mandela did 28 straight Without a fucking complaint, put a afro on a saint ”

The Roots – Get busy

“Look my squad’s half mandrill half Mandela My band bout seventy strong just like fela Yeah part Melly Mel part Van Halen And we represent illadel wher”

2pac- Lady Liberty Need Glasses

” over Oliver and his crooked partner Ronnie Justice stubbed her big toe on Mandela And Liberty was misquoted by the Indians Slavery was just a learnin”

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