Hip-hop poets stay true to form. They are the true artists whose intellect and lyricism shine through in their rhymes. Read about Gil Scott-Heron, whose albums in the 1970s distinguished him as the first MC ever. Then there's the socially conscious ways of Talib Kweli, who, along with Mos Def cemented the duo Black Star into the hip-hop mainstream of the 1990s. And don't forget to discover how Common's lyricism and experiment with sound earned him a Grammy, while he took cues from fellow poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was an inspiration to others artists like Tupac, Mary J. Blige, and the Wu Tang Clan.