Some have argued that the Champ was the first rapper

This article titled “Muhammad Ali’s influence ran deep through rap’s golden age” was written by Angus Batey, for theguardian.com on Monday 6th June 2016 11.13 UTC

No music is closer to the quality of a sport than rap – and no sport is more akin to the quickfire lyrical combat of rapping at its purest than boxing. The music’s proving ground is the rap battle: two MCs going head-to-head, lyric-for-lyric, jabbing at each other with words, seeking to win the crowd’s acclaim with a lyrical knockout blow.

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