Chance the Rapper performed a moving tribute to late boxing champion Muhammad Ali at Wednesday night’s (July 13) ESPYs Awards. The legend born Cassius Clay died last month at age 74 following a 32-year fight with Parkinson’s Disease.
Following a riveting intro from basketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Chicago rapper honored the G.O.A.T. with a piano-driven ballad. “Ain’t nowhere greater/ Ain’t nowhere brighter/ Ain’t nowhere better/ Ain’t no one prettier/ Ain’t no one wiser/ Ain’t no one better,” he sang. “I was a rock ‘n’ roller back in my day, but now I’m just a rock.”
Watch part of his original tribute below:
“This gentlemen has a great responsibility tonight,” ESPYs host John Cena tweeted earlier. “Expect great things from @chancetherapper this evening @ESPYS.”
— John Cena (@JohnCena) July 13, 2016
Chance also pre-gamed for his performance with a quick dance alongside Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, which references this hilarious 2009 viral clip of Jones’ Good Ass BBQ & Foot Massage commercial. “Besides praying this is the best way to prep for a big moment #ESPYS cc: @StephenCurry30,” he wrote.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 14, 2016