Chance The Rapper was recruited to pay tribute to the late Muhammad Ali at the ESPYs last night, and the all-time POD fave sure had something special for the onlooking masses. Chano’s spiritual vibes were the perfect fit for such an act of respect to the Greatest Of All Time, and he absolutely stole the show with his emotional and spine-tingling performance.
Backed by his trusty crew including Jamila Woods, Donnie Trumpet and Peter Cottontale plus Teddy Jackson, Chance delivered a new song that drew inspiration from the words of Ali himself. The soulful tune was beautiful and brilliant, empowered by soundbites of Ali speaking and taken to a spiritual level thanks to the gospel choir. The lyrics were pretty and creative, right in line with Ali’s own poetic triumphs. This quite honestly feels like the perfect way to honor such an awe-inspiring legend, and who better to make it happen than Chicago’s prodigal son.