Top 10 Tracks Referencing the Late Great Muhammad Ali

On June 3rd, 2016, the world lost the greatest boxer who ever lived, Muhammad Ali. The former heavyweight boxing champion, who died of septic shock, was known for his iconic fights, sensational words of wisdom, and charismatic personality. He trained hard, stood up for what he believed in, and made us all want to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. Although Ali is now gone, he will forever be remembered.

Muhammad Ali lives on through the words uttered by some of the biggest names in hip hop. Check out some of the songs that reference him:

1. “Ali Bomaye! Ali Bomaye
I’m bout to rumble in the jungle in these new Kanye’s
Ali Bomaye! Ali Bomaye
My lawyer threw them gloves on and beat another case”

The Game’s “Ali Bomaye” uses the chant heard during the Rumble in the Jungle between Ali and George Foreman. Ali Bomaye means “Ali, kill him!” in Lingala.

2. “Now if you can’t relate then maybe you are too complacent,
Athletes today are scared to make Muhammad Ali statements”

3. “When I dress to a T,
You see, I got more clothes than Muhammad Ali
And I dress so viciously.”

4. “That ain’t how it’s supposed to be
A butterfly for the sake of rhyming let’s just say ‘butterflyee’
The truth stings like Muhammad Ali”

5. “From New York to Cali, Japan and I-tali
I’m knows as the microphone Muhammad Ali”

6. “When I rhyme something special happen every time
I’m the greatest something like Ali in his prime”

7. “Spoke my mind and didn’t stutter one time
Ali said even the greatest gotta suffer sometime”

8. “But take the text, change the picture
Watch Muhammad play the messenger like Holy Muslip scriptures
Take orders from only God
Only war when it’s Jihad
But take the text, change the picture”

-“Rumble in the Jungle” by the Fugees

9. “See me on the fifty line yard with the Raiders
Met Ali, told me I’m the Greatest”

10. “Just like Muhammad Ali they called him Cassius
Watch me bash this beat like a skull”



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