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Oct 24th, 2014

Lupe Fiasco Raps About the Last King of Ethiopia

by in Music
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His Imperial Majesty, the conquering lion of the tribe of Judah, elect of God, King of Kings of Ethiopia and Emperor Hahyle Sihlasay (ኃይለ ሥላሴ) (power of the Holy Trinity) the first is how Ethiopians, most likely your parents and your parents’ parents, were accustomed to hearing the man who was born Teferee Mekonen (ተፈሪ መኮነን) (he whom is feared, leader) addressed. Some people made a religion based on H.I.M. (Rastafarianism). Others respected his kingship, but left it at that. Others read Karl Marx and started a revolution to overthrow his ancien regime absolute monarchy. Stateside, black people vibe with H.I.M. for being a black king who resisted the colonialism of the fascist Benito Mussolini, and live to tell the tale. You can hear his name shouted out in Roots, Common and even Rick Ross… err… Ricky Rozay tracks.

Leave a comment and tell us if you’ve heard the emperor’s name elsewhere in popular culture. We love learning.

Without further ado…

Lupe Fiasco – Haile Selassie (ኃይለ ሥላሴ) ft. Nikki Jean.

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  • john

    There’s a song called Haile Selassie composed by an alternative rock band Bright Eyes. Significant to me because its the first song out side of reggae or Caribbean influenced sound that sights H.I.M. Great post! Keep up the works!

    take a listen…

  • Semaria Mechal Kassa

    In Lil Wayne’s song I’m not a human being, at the beginning, I think i heard his famous speech. But not his name.

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