Nelson Mandela and Apartheid in Hip Hop

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  • Public Enemy, Nelson Mandela
  • Chubb Rock, Nelson Mandela
  • Stetsasonic, Nelson Mandela
  • Queen Latifah, Nelson Mandela
  • Common, Nelson Mandela
  • Cassidy, Nelson Mandela
  • Game, Nelson Mandela
  • Jadakiss, Nelson Mandela
  • Dj Khaled, Nelson Mandela
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Rakim, Nelson Madela
  • Run-DMC, Nelson Mandela
  • Kool G Rap, Nelson Mandela

Stetsasonic: "A.F.R.I.C.A." (1987)

Inspired by anti-apartheid heroes like Nelson Mandela, Brooklyn hip hop group Stetsasonic urged others to join the movement with lines like this from Daddy-O. "I'm speaking for the Stet and we make a plea / to fight apartheid, everybody."

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