Hip-Hop Lyrics That Salute Boxing G.O.A.T. Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali stands in the corner of the ring during a match. 

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away Friday (June 3) at the age of 74 following a 32-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. The three-time heavyweight champion of the world, known for his master abilities in the ring and unapologetic quotables outside of it, has also been a frequent hip-hop muse.

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Look to the catalogs of Jay Z, Drake and even Will Smith, and there were references to the man born Cassius Clay and his greatness. Revisit the bars that salute the boxing G.O.A.T. below.

"Met Ali, he told me I'm the greatest" -- Will Smith, "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" 

"I'm the greatest man I said that before I knew I was" -- Drake, "Under Ground Kings"

"Ayo, I'm the greatest, I'm like Muhammad Ali" -- EPMD (Erick Sermon), "Blow"

"America tried to emasculate the greats / Murder Malcolm, gave Cassius the shakes/ Wait, tell them rumble young man rumble / Try to dim your lights tell you be humble" -- Jay Z, "F.U.T.W." 

"You see, I got more clothes than Muhammad Ali and I dress so viciously" -- Sugarhill Gang, "Rapper's Delight" 

"I'm the greatest of all time like I'm young Ali / Played Muhammad to these thoughts" -- Nipsey Hussle, "Rose Clique" 

"Remind me of when they tried to have Ali enlisted / If I ever wasn't the greatest n---a, I must have missed it" -- Kanye West "Gorgeous" feat. Kid Cudi and Raekwon

"Ali say even the greatest gotta suffer some time" -- T.I., "No Matter What"

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"Be all u can be, be the greatest like Muhammed Ali / Make them love you when they hate to see" -- Master P, "Whole Hood"

"A glass of 'ze make a man Cassius Clay" -- Nas, "The Message"

"Because I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee / Woah, I'm the E of EPMD" -- EPMD, "You're A Customer"

""Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" / That's the late great words of Muhammad Ali" -- Migos, "Built Like Me"

"Like Ali I'mma float like a butterfly sting like a bee cuz its big" -- Gucci Mane, "Classical (Intro)"

"I refugee from Guantanamo Bay / Dance around the border like I'm Cassius Clay" -- Fugees, "Ready Or Not"

"I'm bout to rumble in the jungle in these new Kanye's/ Ali Bomaye! Ali Bomaye!" -- The Game feat. 2 Chainz & Rick Ross "Ali Bomaye"

"Now if you can't relate then maybe you are too complacent / Athletes today are scared to make Muhammad Ali statements" -- Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley feat. Lil Wayne and Joss Stone, "My Generation"

"Primetime, basking in the lime/ Cassius in his prime, coloring out of the line / 'Cause they don’t want nobody that’s colored out of the lines" -- Kanye West & Jay Z, "Primetime"

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"They try to box me in like Cassius Clay / Hey I'm like Muhammad when he fasted" -- Common, "The Game" 

"Don't box me into the corner, I/ Float like a butterfly, sting like Muhammad A/ On training day I go too hard, ask Antoine Fuqua" -- X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons feat. Jay Z "Jungle (Remix)" 

"I remember when Cassius Clay flipped the script/ Taking trips to Zimbabwe/ Africans started calling the God, Ali Bombaye" -- Fugees feat. John Fort√©, A Tribe Called Quest & Busta Rhymes, "Rumble In The Jungle"

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