Maya Angelou's Life in Music

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Artistic Integrity

Rappers are poets and many were inspired by Dr. Angelou. In 2008, while still on his rise, Wale released his project The Mixtape About Nothing, which featured the introspective cut “The Artistic Integrity.” In the song, the MMG MC cites Maya as a mentor, "A lion in form, Matt Leinhart when firing the ball/Pause, Maya Angelou spawn, abandoned and raised by Nas/Raised by the sharks but I'm swimming with the prawns/I found my own lane, meet Mr. Folarin."

Now we know where his poetic skills come from.

(Photos from left: Moses Robinson/Getty Images for BET, Ken Charnock/Getty Images)

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