ABRAHAM LINCOLN = KANYE WEST


Around the turn of the century, the hip-hop nation was strongly divided—a Civil War, if you will. On one side, the backpackers repped a return to the realness, and it seemed as if they would never again see eye-to-eye with mainstream hip-hop heads. Much like Lincoln, it took a regular guy from Illinois to unite hip-hop again, getting Jay-Z on records with Talib Kweli and bringing sample-based beats back.