Maya Angelou's Life in Music

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  • Roberta Flack, Maya Angelou, Barry Miles
  • Ashford & Simspon, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Kanye West, Maya Angelou
  • Wale, Maya Angelou
  • Kendrick Lamar, Maya Angelou
  • Dr. Maya Angelou, Tupac shakur
  • Common, Maya Angelou
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  • Alicia Keys, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey
  • Dr. Maya Angelou, Ruthie Foster

"Hey Mama"

Kanye West knew the brilliance and beauty of Dr. Angelou when he recorded "Hey Mama" in 2005 for his sophomore album Late Registration. On the track Yeezy dedicated to his mother, he tells her, "Can’t you see, you’re like a book of poetry/Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, turn one page and there's my mommy."

Ye also has excerpts from one of Dr. Angelou’s poems tattooed on his arm. 

(Photos from Left: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup, Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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