Today, many modern artists have been inspired by Langston Hughes’ references of black culture and his poetic expression of Paris and the city’s influence on creative freedom. The Black Arts Movement’s effort to sustain an African-American literary tradition helped strengthen the black community. To this day, it has maintained socially conscious topics and further evolved Hughes’ themes within rap and hip-hop. In spirit of Black History Month, here are five artists that were impacted by Langston Hughes:
- Jay Z: The Roc Nation mogul utilized Paris in the form of freedom and status in his song “N*ggas in Paris.”
- Kanye West: Kanye has talked about the overall concept of black culture and how it is sometimes seen in a negative light, like in his song “All Fall Down.”
- Common: Come has built his music career around activism and embracing the black culture.
- Yasiin Bey: Formerly known as Mos Def, Yasiin has also built his career around black culture.
- Lupe Fiasco: Lastly, this Chicago artist references Paris in the song below.
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