Rakim joins the lists of rappers and singers who have paid homage to the late South African leader Nelson Mandela since his passing on December 5th. While R. Kelly paid tribute in song, The Game had ‘Madiba’ tattooed on his body. However, The God MC took the more traditional route like rapper Jasiri X, recording a tribute song for the soundtrack to “Long Walk To Freedom,” the latest film on Mandela’s life starring Idris Elba.
The track “Madiba” was written with a lyrical assist from fans and is the result of a sweepstakes from Complex Magazine that offered fans the chance to contribute lyrics to Rakim’s recording. Rakim combined those words with his own to complete the verses based upon his reaction to the film. Check the track below to listen to “Madiba” (Nelson Mandela Tribute) from Rakim.
“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” starring Idris Elba opens on December 25th.