20 Rap Songs That Reference Martin Luther King Jr.

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Today, people worldwide are honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nearly 44 years later since his assassination, Dr. King’s message and legacy still lives on.

Hip-hop has a close relationship with Dr. King. If you are true rap head, then you might have picked up on a number of MCs paying homage to him. Considered one of the most name-dropped Civil Rights leaders in hip-hop, it’s easy to see that each generation was inspired by him. As we celebrate a national holiday in his name, XXL has complied 20 songs that reference Martin Luther King Jr. There have been plenty of songs that are arguably classics, but here we choose our favorites.

Martin had a dream, Kendrick have a dream!

  • WannaMinaj

    “This ones for Malcom this ones for Martin! Wish a could have thanked them look what they started!”- Nicki Minaj: N.I.G.G.A.S (Playtime is Over)