Chance the Rapper closed out the 2016 ESPY Awards with his touching tribute to the late and legendary Muhammad Ali, who passed away at 72 years old last month. Instead of going the expected route with an already-released single, Chance opted to perform a new original track for the ceremony.
Joined by members of The Social Experiment and frequent collaborators Donnie Trumpet, Jamila Woods, Peter Cottontale and Teddy Jackson, the Chicago artist passionately rapped and sung along with a soulful choir in front of a heartwarming slideshow of Ali:
“I was a rock / I was a rock and roller / Back in my day / But now I’m just a rock / I was a rock and roller / Back in my day / But now I’m just a rock / I was a rock.”
Chance prepped for the big performance in the coolest way: by hitting a two-step with basketball star Stephen Curry. The ESPYs were filled powerful moments, including the NBA's Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Paul giving a speech on racial injustice and police violence in America.
Below, watch a throwback Fuse interview with Chance talking about his Acid Rap mixtape: