Thursday, July 14, 2016

ESPYS 2016: Watch Chance The Rapper pay tribute to Muhammad Ali

The biggest and brightest sports stars were out at last night’s 2016 ESPY’s, but it was a diminutive rapper who stole the show. Chance the Rapper closed down the surprisingly inspiring and always entertaining cable sport's awards show with a tribute song that was worthy of “The Greatest.” Muhammed Ali, who died in June after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, featured prominently in the as-yet-untitled song, which was peppered with the heavyweight champion and social activist’s audio clips and powered by the Chicago MC’s unique blend of hip hop and gospel. Backed by a full choir that included frequent collaborators Jamila Woods, Donnie Trumpet, and Peter Cottontale, Chance showed off why he could one day become the Champion himself as he alternately spit/sang into a hanging boxing ring microphone.