#MLK Day: Here Are The Best Martin Luther King, Jr. References In Rap

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. With all the misery happening around the entire world on a daily basis, it’s a must that we spend today praising what a genius civil rights activist stood for. The truth is, we’re nowhere near MLK envisioned when it comes to race relations, but we’re visibly better than during the times MLK preached his vision.

There’s plenty to be mad, or complain, about. However, we want today to be a proud moment, honoring such a noble man. So, we’ve combined this national holiday with what most of you love dearly — hip hop. Below, and on the next pages, we’ve listed 15 of the best hip hop references to Martin Luther King, Jr. Hope all of you enjoy the list, and have a wonderful day.


1. “By The Time I Get To Arizona” by Public Enemy:
“Talkin’ MLK/Gonna find a way/Make the state pay/I’m lookin’ for the day/Hard as it seems/This ain’t no damn dream.”

2. “Getting Married” by Nas:

“It was my dream for my queen to put the ring on and ride/Even Martin Luther King had a fling on the side/That’s what the negative ones say.”