Artists Influenced by the Five Percent Nation

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  • Jay Z
  • Rakim
  • Nas
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • Just-Ice
  • A Tribe Called Quet
  • Brand Nubian
  • Lakim Shabazz
  • Poor Righteous Teachers
  • AZ
  • Big Daddy Kane
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Five Percenters


Like thousands of New York City youth, Nas dabbled in the teachings of the Nation. And, of course, the words and references had a huge impact on the self-awareness of his tunes. Like on the cut "No Idea's Original," where he said: "Radios on card tables, Benetton, The Gods buildin'/ Ask for today's Mathematics, we Allah's children."

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