Martin Had A Dream: The Best MLK Samples And Shout-Outs In Music History

by (@unclegrambo)

5. “Love’s Gonna Get’cha (Material Love),” Boogie Down Productions

BDP’s harrowing tale of a family trying to make it in the Bronx during the crack epidemic of the ’80s is one of the most brilliant tracks in hip hop history. KRS-One narrates a twisted take on the American dream, one that samples Martin Luther King’s famous “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech in a manner that seems both reverential and ironic at the same time.

6. “American Dream,” Bobby Womack

“America is, essentially, a dream, a dream yet unfulfilled” Martin Luther King Jr. states early on in his 1968 speech “The American Dream.” Womack’s 1984 emotional funk-soul hybrid builds off of this idea (and this sample), as Womack uses romantic love as a metaphor for the way that he feels about the idealized notion of the America that King dreamed of.