Backed by Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment, as well as singer Jamila Woods, the Chicago native sung an original tune called “I Was a Rock,” an orchestral, piano-driven ode to the “Greatest of All Time.”
“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.”
During Chance’s rendition, the video screen behind him flashed memorable photographs of a smiling Ali at the height of his boxing career. The performance was also bookend with Ali’s famous thought-provoking discussion about his retirement plans.
After his touching performance, Chance the Rapper went on his Twitter account to express his thanks. Read his tweet below:
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 14, 2016