One of the greatest and prolific figures of recent history, it is Malcolm’s words that resonate as loudly today as it did during the civil rights era.
And it’s an unanimous consensus that the hip hop community relates to Malcolm’s message. While many respect all that Martin Luther King Jr. did and stood for, it was Malcolm’s revolutionary thinking that continue to inspire many rappers. His uncompromising and liberating mindset continues to fuel the pen skills of many rap songs.
And on his 91st birthday, flip the page to check out the tracks that featured the leader’s iconic name.
Line: “You couldn’t catch me in the streets without a ton of reefer / That’s like Malcolm X catching the Jungle Fever”
Rapper: Kendrick Lamar
Line: “Visions of Martin Luther staring at me / Malcolm X put a hex on my future someone catch me / I’m falling victim to a revolutionary song”