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Battle Rapper in a Boxing Robe: Ten Raps Touched by The Greatest

Muhammad Ali’s punches delivered knockout moments in the ring, but his one-two wordplay outside the ring was iconic in its own right.

His daughter Maryum Ali even referenced her father's "poems of the heart" on Friday at his memorial service, before reciting her own tribute to him.

A battle rapper in a boxing robe, Ali’s flow and rhymes would not only get into the heads of his opponents, but also inspire a generation of rappers to claim they, too, were “The Greatest.”

Here are a few of our favorite tracks in honor of The Champ.


"The Game," produced by Kanye West, was track 7 on "Finding Forever" released in 2007. Rap Genius / http://genius.com/albums/Common/Finding-forever

The Game - Common (2007)

They try to box me in like Cassius Clay

Hey I'm like Muhammad when he fasted



"Fire Squad" was track 6 on 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which debuted Number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. J Cole Music / http://www.jcolemusic.com/#

Fire Squad - J. Cole (2014)

Ain't a way around it no more, I am the greatest

A lotta n---- sat on the throne, I am the latest

I am the bravest, go toe to toe with the giants



"My Generation" was track 12 on "Distant Relatives" which was a collaborative project of Nas and Damian Marley in 2010. Rap Genius / http://genius.com/albums/Nas/Distant-relatives

My Generation - Nas ft. Damian Marley, Lil Wayne and Joss Stone (2010)

Now if you can’t relate then maybe you are too complacent

Athletes today are scared to make Muhammad Ali statements

Whats up with tomorrow? Will you lead? Will you follow?



"Underground Kings" is track 8 on Drake's second studio album "Take Care" released in 2011.

Under Ground Kings - Drake (2011)

I swear, it's been two years since somebody asked me who I was

I'm the greatest man, I said that before I knew I was



"Just Begun" was track 19 on "Victory," which was released in 2010. Rap Genius / http://genius.com/albums/Jay-electronica/Victory

Just Begun - Jay Electronica ft. Reflection Eternal, Yasiin Bey, and J. Cole (2010)

We're still fulfilling the promise, so nice I kill 'em with kindness

Hitting like Muhammad Ali, you more like Tatyana

All this is probably Karma, you dishonored the father

Whether it's God almighty, or the almighty dollar



Cassius Clay Arrived In London For A Match 1963
The American boxer Cassius Clay arriving in London for a match with a British opponent, Henry Cooper. He is showing his fist and five fingers, representing the number of rounds he will need to knock Cooper out. Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images


"Win Again" is track 19 on Nicki Minaj's third studio album "The Pinkprint" released in 2014. Rap Genius / http://genius.com/albums/Nicki-minaj/The-pinkprint

Win Again - Nicki Minaj (2014)

Soon as I came in, I told them that I would become the greatest

Muhammad Ali of these b-----, and that can't be debated



"Til I Get There" is the third track on Lupe Fiasco's third studio album released in 2011. Rap Genius / http://genius.com/albums/Lupe-fiasco/Lasers

Til I get there - Lupe Fiasco (2011)

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

I tell 'em tell 'em don't homicide me



"Many Men" is the fourth track on 50 Cent's debut album, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." Rap Genius / http://genius.com/albums/50-cent/Get-rich-or-die-tryin

Many Men - 50 Cent (2003)

I'm the diamond in the dirt that ain't been found

I'm the underground king and I ain't been crowned

When I rhyme something special happen every time

I'm the greatest something like Ali in his prime



"Missing you" is track two on Chance The Rapper's debut mixtape "10 Day." Rap Genius / http://genius.com/albums/Chance-the-rapper/10-day

Missing You - Chance the Rapper (2012)

Cassius Clay at his head

Atta boy, atta kid

I'ma need a napkin, cook 'em up

And he gon' need a Aspirin, hook him up



"#Mine" is track 7 on Lil Kim's newest album "Lil Kim Season" released this year. Rap Genius / http://genius.com/albums/Lil-kim/Lil-kim-season

#Mine - Lil Kim ft. Kevin Gates (2016)

Her momma hate me, say I'm too advanced, ask her how she's doing

She never say it to my face, I'm turnt up I'm a movie, yeah

At night she hear her daughter scream, Cassius Clay, I boom bye yae

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