18 Rap Songs That Reference Muhammad Ali

18 Rap Songs That Reference  Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is known for being lite on his toes and quick with his lip. His legacy wasn’t only in the ring but outside thanks to his memorable speeches that have transcended through the decades. And while Ali has given famous quotes like, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” his name alone has inspired many rappers in the booth.

Check out 18 rap songs that reference Muhammad Ali below.

“Ali Bomaye” — The Game ft. 2 Chainz and Rick Ross 

“Ali Bomaye! Ali Bomaye! /I’m ’bout to rumble in the jungle in these new Kanye’s/ Ali Bomaye! Ali Bomaye!/ My lawyer threw them gloves on the beat another case”

“F.U.T.W.” – JAY Z

“Just let me be great, let me be great/ I feel like mothaf*ckin’ Cassius Clay right now, Genius!” […] “America tried to emasculate the greats/ Murder Malcolm, gave Cassius the shakes/ Wait, tell them rumble young man rumble”


“Rapper’s Delight” — Sugarhill Gang 

“You see I’m six foot one and I’m tons of fun and I dress to a tee/ You see I got more clothes than Muhammad Ali and I dress so viciously”

“Many Men” — 50 Cent

“When I rhyme something special happen every time/ I’m the greatest something like Ali in his prime”

“Jungle Remix” – X Ambassadors Ft. Jamie, Common and Jay Z

“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/ I am Godzilla of these favelas, new God flow” (Jay Z)

“Win Again” Nicki Minaj

“Soon as I came in I told them I could become the greatest/Muhammad Ali of these bitches and that can’t be debated”


“The Game” — Common

“They try to box me in like Cassius Clay/ Hey I’m like Muhammad when he fasted/ Opposing the fascist, make cuts and got gashes”

“Power” — Kanye West, Jay Z, Swizz Beat

“Rumble, young man, rumble/ Life is a trip, so sometimes we gonna stumble” (Jay Z)


“Rose Clique” – Nipsey Hussle 

“In other words, life is just a fight against your disbelief/ That’s why I’m screaming I’m the greatest of all time like Young Ali/ played Mohammad to these thoughts, prophets in this industry”

“Getting’ Jiggy With It”- Will Smith

“See me on the fifty yard line with the Raiders/ Met Ali he told me I’m the greatest”

“Ready Or Not” – Fugees 

“I refugee from Guantanamo Bay/ dance around the border like I’m Cassius Clay”

“Dwyck”- Gang Starr

“Ooohh la la, ah oui oui, I say Muhammad Ali, you say Classius Clay” -Greg Nice

“The Message” – Nas

“Dipped attache/ jump out the Range/ empty out the ashtray/ A glass of ‘Ze make a man Cassius Clay”

“Rubber Band Man” — T.I.

“Young Cassius Clay of my day/ Marvin Gaye of my time/ tryna stay alive/ living how I say in my rhymes”

“Without My Glock” – Lloyd Banks

“I make the heads bop in the streets like speed bumps/ cause every bar will hit ya, hard as a Muhammad Ali punch

“Toe 2 Toe” Freestyle – Big Pun and Cuban Linx 

“I never back down, I hold my ground and pound the body/ Like Muhammad Ali papi, we could lock up in the lobby”

“Flip Flop Rock” — Big Boi ft. Jay Z and Killer Mike

“Focused on every word and line/ like a young Cassius Clay in his prime”

“Just Begun” — Reflection Eternal ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole, Mos Def

“Hitting like Muhammad Ali you more like Tatyana/ all this is probably karma you dishonored the father”


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