Nelson Mandela’s life story is a testament to the power of the human spirit and one man’s ability to change the world by standing up for what he believed in.

July 18th is an international holiday intended to recognize the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. The international community first celebrated the holiday in 2009 on Mandela’s 91st birthday. Mandela led the battle against Apartheid in South Africa, a system of racial discrimination similar to our segregation laws but which remained in place until 1994.
During the early 1960’s, Mandela worked with the African National Congress in an effort to resist the draconian Apartheid laws. Eventually he, and several other freedom fighters went on the run. In 1962, the South African security forces finally located Mandela and arrested him. He was subsequently sentenced to a life term of imprisonment on Robben Island Prison in 1964.
In 1990, after 26 years in prison, Mandela walked out to the streets of South Africa a free man. Four short years later, Mandela became the President of the country that had imprisoned him for all those years. Until his death in 2013, Mandela dedicated his life to the pursuit of social justice and equality for all.

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 Mandela may be gone but his work and memory live on, especially in these hip-hop songs. Mandela is definitely one of the most celebrated icons of our time and it’s not surprising to note that he has been cited in a lot of Hip-Hop songs. Here is a short list of some of the most memorable tracks.

The Game – Letter To The King 

“Letter To The King” is a musical tribute to civil rights leaders like Nelson Mandela and several others.  The Game was probably referring to the abuse Mandela endured while being in prison for 27 years.

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 ”

Lil Wayne – Talk That

“Ya dig? 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 acapella”

“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

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 ”