Chance the Rapper Honors Muhammad Ali With New Song at ESPY Awards
Chance the Rapper paid tribute to Muhammad Ali with the performance of a new song at the ESPY Awards Wednesday.
The Chicago MC delivered the poignant song backed by a full choir and alongside regular collaborators Donnie Trumpet, Jamila Woods, Peter Cottontale, and Teddy Jackson. The song was also interspersed with audio clips of Ali discussing his relationship with God and post-retirement plans to do good throughout the world.
Chance the Rapper meanwhile delivered the track, fittingly, in front of a hanging boxing ring microphone, alternately spitting and singing his ode to the late boxer: “And of course, you’re in the last place I look/ I swear, ain’t nowhere greater/ Ain’t nowhere brighter/ Ain’t nowhere better, better, better!”
Ali died in June after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. The heavyweight boxing champion and lifelong social activist was 74.