"I feel the pain of Nelson Mandela/Cause when it rains it pours, I need Rihanna's 'Umbrella'" —The Game, "Letter To The King"
"Big pots of jasmine tea with Mandela/Africans chantin me on like Coachella" —Ghostface, "Apollo Kids"
"What if Nelson Mandela could give his time back?" —Jadakiss, "What If?"
"Apartheid Mandela, fought for that/Malcolm X, Martin Luther gave their life for that" —Wyclef, "Gangsta Cause"
"Why Mandela did all them years/All that blood, all that sweat, and all them tears?" —Styles P, "Testify"
"Cause Mandela did twenty seven hard ones/Not in a windowed room but in a barred one/While his wife had tears in her eyes/The man is a hero, he needs a Nobel Prize" —Ice-T, "Prepared To Die"
"Still accomplished, tryin' to fill they cups/The rap version of Mandela, call my bluff" —Freeway, "Art & Life"
"I gave you Mandela, Black Dalai Lamas/How did Mandela get the will to surpass the everyday when injustice had him caged and trapped in every way?" —K'Naan, "Take A Minute"
"Look, my squad half-Mandrill, half-Mandela/My band 'bout seventy strong just like Fela" —Black Thought of The Roots, "Get Busy"
"My Squad ruled after me, mo' better/Then the game locked me down like Nelson Mandela" —Erick Sermon, "Music"
"When Nelson Mandela was freed from prison/and spoke out at Yankee Stadium in New York, I was there" —KRS-One, "I Was There"
"From people bustin caps and like Mandela bein' free/Not every MC be with the negativity" —Phife of A Tribe Called Quest, "We Can Get Down"
"But nah, Mandela did 28 straight/without a fuckin complaint, put a afro on a saint" —The Game, "Blood Diamonds"
"'Free Mandela', you cried/But you still sell dope to brothers and sisters outside" —Heavy D, "Peaceful Journey"