The Hip-Hop World Reacts To Muhammad Ali’s Passing

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali tragically passed away yesterday, after suffering from a respiratory illness, a complication of his Parkinson’s disease. The 74 year old was a three-time heavyweight champion of the world who became one of the world’s biggest sporting stars.

Ali’s career spanned 21 years and featured 56 wins from 61 fights, including 37 wins via knockout. His fights against George Foreman in the “Rumble In The Jungle” and Joe Frazier in the “Thrilla In Manila” are as legendary as his pre and post match interviews, where Ali’s quick wit and fiery temperament always entertained.

But it’s outside the ring where Ali did some of his greatest work. Ali was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement and vehemently opposed the Vietnam War. When drafted in 1967, he refused to go and was subsequently stripped of his world title and banned from boxing for almost four years before the conviction was overturned.

While Parkinson’s slowed him down in his later years, Ali was always a bigger than life character. His brash self-confidence and faith in his own ability have always been part of his charm, and one of the reasons why he resonated so well within the hip-hop community. Ali not only used his superior boxing skills in the ring to beat his opponents, but used his words to intimidate and make them fear him, very much like rappers using their rhymes to prove their greatness in battles and rap beefs.  Since his passing there has been an outpouring of tributes from the hip-hop community via social media. Everyone from Nas to Lil Kim to Snoop Dogg has paid their respects, and we’ve gathered the best for you to read below.

RIP to the greatest! Ali forever.

My teacher. Thank you Ali.

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We love you. We miss you. Rest in peace great one. #RIPALI

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The Greatest. #ripmuhammadali

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Thank u✊🏾✨🌟🙏🏾🌹

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“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize” #RestInParadiseChamp

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R.I.P to the Greatest.

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I will forever be Inspired by This Man. 👑 #TheGreatest

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Bless up 🙏🏽

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‘Greatest of all Time’

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“I am the Greatest, I said that even before I knew I was” – ALI #RipAli

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R.i.P Muhammad Ali, God Bless

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Our families would get together, just sit around and watch you fight. You fought for so much. Thank you Champ.

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