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Watch Black History Come Alive In Muhammad Ali’s The Best Animated Film

Sony Music Entertainment’s This Is Certified presents the Champ’s powerful and eloquent spoken word piece for the “My Black is” series.


For Black History Month 2021, This Is Certified, Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B archive division, has collaborated with BET.com to launch “My Black Is,” a four-part thematic series that commemorates Black musicians – past, current and potential.

On today’s stage of Black Excellence, we unveil a newly produced animated video based on I Am The Best, the title track of Muhammad Ali’s Grammy-nominated spoken word album (Cassius Clay). It is one of the most culturally influential examples of lyricism spoken at a time when hip-hop was a sparkle in every MC’s eye.

Originally released as a comedy album in August 1963, I Am The Greatest debuted six months before the iconic boxer was named World Heavyweight Champion, declared his conversion to Islam, and changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.

“My Black is POWER” is the connective tissue of power themes that we often see in Black music from today, yesterday and tomorrow. Ali swiftly glides like a butterfly and stings like a bee both in and out of the ring, shutting down his naysayers and alerting the world with all his bravado that at 21-years old, the champ is in the building.

“This kid fights great. He’s got speed and endurance, but if you sign up to fight him, increase your insurance,” Ali says. “This kid’s got a bit left. This kid has a right. If he strikes you once, you’re going to sleep for the night. And while you lay on the floor as the ref counts 10, you’re hoping you won’t have to fight me again.”

Muhammad Ali’s I Am The Greatest album has always been credited as a foundational influence in the world of rap music, leaving one hell of a historic impact on hip hop culture. Listen carefully and you can hear the cadence of Kendrick Lamar, Will Smith, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg or LL Cool J long before either of them was born. If it’s East Coast or West, Ali’s impact on this specific type of music is unmistakably tangible and that’s strength.

Watch the latest visual masterpiece “My Black Is POWER” below:

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