Nelson Mandela Dead At 95, Hip-Hop Pays Respects

(AllHipHop News) Nelson Mandela, the consummate South African freedom fighter, has died at the age of 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement on Thursday.

Mandela pushed South African from the dregs of apartheid in to democracy that was inclusive of all races. His struggles have been well documented as he endured almost three decades of imprisonment by the White majority. Somehow, he was able to simultaneously prevent a South African Civil War and evolve into an international symbol of peace.

He would go on to become South Africa’s first Black president.

“The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” he said in his acceptance speech in 1994. “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.”

Mandela has amassed innumerable awards and he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, one of his many accolades. AllHipHop will continue to commemorate the life and times of Nelson Mandela.

The Hip-Hop community was no exception to the mourning felt for the icon and many used social media to express their feelings.

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  • Sean Taylor

    Lets see if RZA makes a song about Mr. Mandela or other fake Hollywood type start crying over a REAL HERO!!!

    RIP sir~.

    • Elayorx El

      Wow. No doubt.

  • Elayorx El

    Unbelievable! The last time I remember a collective reaction like this toward one of the REALEST, is when he was released from prison. Most will never know what it feels like to make such a sacrifice in their lives, becoming a true deity on earth, like Mr. Mandela. Long live Nelson Mandela!!!

  • Colombian King

    R.I.P. Nelson Mandela, a King, a Legend, a voice for and of the people, a freedom fighter (no bullets or violence a man of Peace) a human rights activist for all. May you rest in peace.

  • RapItUp

    Thanks Lil Jon, for your input.. And RIP to Nelson Mandela! Hopefully w/ one soldier/warrior/king down, another was born today to take his place.

  • hoeyuno

    “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw”-Nelson Mandela

  • Immortal

    A man has left us with a legacy that many know of, few will follow, and none will surpass. A man that tried to unite a country divided by race and class, and successfully did it from a jail cell, and solidified it as the first black president. I will not call this man a God, a Soldier, or a deity. He was a man. A mortal, whose life and morals will be immortal. Whose life gave others hope, belief there is a better way, and showed through actions that what you were put on earth to do is governed by two and only two. God and You. Rest in Peace. Rest Easy, Rest knowing that you gave an amount of yourself that cannot be measured in words and that while we won’t live to truly see the fruits of your labor, there will be countless of African’s, Blacks, Whites, Asians and whatever who will learn and preach what you lived. Your day is done, your rest has come. Remember what you did as you watch it grow. Farewell and Godspeed.

    • ZUBU

      Dang, my brotha heavy info!

      • Immortal

        Thank you, but it’s a shame something like this has to happen for us to stop the BS in our lives and think about what we do, have done, and plan on doing to make it count. It’s even worse when most of these “celebs” really have no clue as to who the man was and is to the world as a whole, and how much of a presence he really was, but felt free to tweet like they know something. Some do, some don’t. But as long as we believe in the words “Each One Teach One”, one more person will share knowledge, and one more will retain it. But I’m going to call myself a hypocrite now; come tomorrow, I’m going to admit now that while I try to educate, I’ll be on some ol bs like any other day. But this day is for him.

      • ZUBU

        Feel you bro, you teaching they just gotta listen. Each One Reach One Teach One. What we need to do, as brothas as we become educated/enlightened we have a responsibility to inspire another brotha/sista. Some peeps don’t think it is their job to reach and teach, I beg to differ. Because if we are going to uplift ourselves collectively we have to help each other. Shhiiitt ain’t nobody gonna love us but us…..

      • RapItUp

        PREACH!! **in sermon ad-lib voice

  • ZUBU

    God bless always the great man Nelson Mandela aka Madiba…. many blessings a great man!

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  • Vusi Mthalane

    In South Africa white people are a minority, not a majority as alleged in the article. We suffered here in South Africa in the hands of whites but Mandela came out of prison without an ounce of bitterness and told all Black people to forgive whites for the atrocities we endured in their hands. We will never forgive you life lessons Mandela. We will eternally love you.

    • tony

      The White Majority, really allhiphop? Are yall that stupid?

  • 7yoyo7

    46664 RIP

  • GQ

    Rest In Peace, Sir.

    Thank you

  • W.E.B. Du Bois

    been watching the programs about his whole life – picking up some things to apply to myself

  • i’mreloaded!

    Now to all u youngins lookin for a hero or role model, this is a REAL OG!

    • $11625525

      Then we look for our future freedom fighters and who is there? Really? People got money and got comfortable, when the likes of Ali and Mandela gave their freedom for a struggle.

      I’ll stop right there.

  • Brooklyn Stoop

    i think its strange how mandela is being compared to MLK and apartheid is being compared to segregation.

    i hope Mandelas passing prove that non violence and assimilation dont work

    • jsj23

      And I hope your research of Gandhi will reveal, non-violence can work. There is no one way to resolve a problem. The honorable Mandela was of a generation of great thinkers, philosophers and warriors, which include Dr. Martin Luther King, Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta, Malcolm X, Franz Fanon, W.E.B Dubois, Booker T. Washington and countless others. He had quite a selection of approaches to choose from and a task that differed from the standard “white man burden” mentality (we come to civilize). He had to deal with outsiders who claim to be the original inhabitants of his land, sort of like the Israel/Palestine situation. Do you think the violence there is going to resolve the issue?

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        my research of Gahdhi shows Ghanhdi was a racist towards black people and made sure indians in south africa had they own label separate from the africans who country they was in. your question is do i think the violence there is going to resolve the issue?

        what is the issue between isreal and palestine? and when you figure that out then you will have your answer.
        have non violence solved the issues in south africa? Nope
        did non violence civilize them dirty boers? Nope
        have anyone been held accountable for what happen to the people of south africa? HELL NO!
        Justice was NEVER served.
        How is it that a white minority can brutally oppress the black majority and its the black majority who must display non violence and restraint in south africa for change?
        How is it that a black minority can be brutally oppressed by a white majority in america and its the black minority who must display non violence and restraint for change?

      • jsj23

        Glad to see you did some research. You have a ways to go. You are all over the place. I can see you are struggling with this. Take your time. This type of issue cannot be discussed with incompetence and poor insight. Review both the violent and non-violent elements of the Apartheid struggles. Revisit the Soweto uprising in 1976, just to name one and give you more to research before I bother to tackle any of your poorly posed questions…School is in session!

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        School can’t be in session with a non response. I’m not all over the place. Ghandi was a racist……. And I asked you what is the reason behind the Israel Palestine conflict and then you ask your self if non violence will or will not work. Then finally I pointed out the stupidly of black people to think that the ones being oppressed should practice being civil, nonviolent, and not allow hate to fuel their thirst for freedom. Since your reply did not have a rebuttal it seems like your the one struggling. You bring up the Soweto uprise and I guess ignored my comment about no one being held accountable and how justice have not been served to the victims/survivors of apartheid. The Haitians fought to be free………and not non violently. The movie braveheart (maybe you never saw that movie), Mel Gibson character did not use non violence. America did not use non violence………but for some reason the black race always have to though……. I already see you ducking, but when you think you have a valid argument for nonviolence and examples of it working then hopefully your next response will have substance and not just empty rhetoric.

      • General Kimpa Vita

        What bout the people who classify themselves a Jews, they to have been viciously persecuted and oppressed on a certain level but used non-violent means to secure their place of power in many western countries how were they able to attain such political and economic power? Many have suggested that they found very political, economic and financial clever ways to get a round a system they appear to have studied very well and knew it’s weaknesses and where to attack it. But I do agree with the both of you there a time were one MUST use force and when must NOT use force. Violence (Use of Force) aka HARD POWER and non-violence aka SOFT POWER (not in the form of protest but political, financial and economical influence) both are instruments that can be used to advance the interest of any group. I hope this has provided some insight into the discussion, thank you both for sharing.

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        If you want to say the Israelis practice non violence then I will point you to the isreally Palestine conflict to show you that they practice violence not non violence. I’m not going to play you like I don’t know what your talking bout. But let’s ride with that………the jew’ish people practice non violence during the holocaust……..the South Africans in part used non violence also. Here’s where things get different and what my issue is as a black man who is very educated on his race and the struggle of his people a all over this planet. The Jews was GIVING things that I’m sure you would agree they deserve according to what happen to them. They was giving land where they can practice being jew’ish without being prosecuted, the people that participated in the acts and crimes ALL was put to justice and to this day is being hunted out, ain’t a jew’ish person been killed on this soil on some holocaust ish yet America funds and maintains the jew’ish country of “is it real”. Do you not think the people, victim/survivors of apartheid deserve the same? Did they not suffer like the so called Jews in their own country by the hands of foreign invaders? So why the Africans all over the world who suffered just like the so called Jews is always giving less? In OUR history only violence brought us freedom…….so the real question is why do we as a race listen to a known violent race of people tell us that nonviolence is the way when they only used violence to get what they want. Non violence did not free Haiti and nonviolence is not what the white power structure used to put/ keep it in its current state. It wasnt Lincoln that freed enslaved Africans it was the random violent attacks from brave black men and women that forced that card. in america the saying is “give me liberty or give me death” do that sound like a non violent mantra? we have to get out of the theory that non violence work and look at the reality that all free people got that way by fighting for freedom, not asking for it

  • jsj23

    While I am pleased to see the hip hop community pay its respect, I am saddened to know that very few members in and out of of the community actually did anything for Mandela’s cause. Names of helpers that readily come to mind include Public Enemy, Arthur Ashe, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey (though controversial) and a few others I can count using one hand. I wonder if half the rappers that tweeted above know anything about the ANC, Apartheid, the Dutch population and what is still going on in terms of reparations, claims to land and the fact that the majority (Black) is still being marginalized by the minority (White-Dutch). South Africa is still in bad shape. It did not experience the benefits of the sixties, where other African lands were fighting for independence and being liberated (Ghana, Kenya, etc.), it was left out during those movements and almost forgotten. Now the problem is even worse. How are these rappers addressing this issue…Do they REALLY KNOW anything about Mandela and his legacy?

  • water_ur_seeds

    RIP brother…

    One of the best, inspiring and eye opening books I ever read was Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

    Glad I got to witness and live in a time he lived in, he will be remembered and talked about in 1000’s of years to come…

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  • grabo2003

    Did some self reflection today, the man is a true inspiration, gotta keep a good head and good heart, r.i.p Madiba

  • General Kimpa Vita

    With his passing comes an opportunity to build and more importantly to reflect on the realities of our current condition. We are in a state of crisis but also in a position of decision-making that will impact generations. It is imperative that we gain full and complete understanding of the past to better strategize for the future. The time has come where we use his story to better articulate a vision that will secure a prosperity for our current generation and generations yet to be born. May his life be remembered and celebrated but more importantly, may we understand that we honor this great man, but we must continue with the plan. The path that we take is one to replace a system of injustice with justice and truly achieve a level of peace that will safeguard the social, political but most importantly, the economic security of African people, both at home and abroad. Peace.

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