The history of African American culture remains ubiquitous and well-fed in the rap community because of artists who continue to pay homage to black artists and activists of yesteryear. Whether it's Lupe Fiasco delving deep into the depths of African American history on "All Black Everything" or Rick Ross reciting Malcolm X on "By Any Means," hip hop always recognizes its past with fervor.

Click through the image gallery to listen to some of the most empowering lyrics that celebrate black history.