If you thought the May release of Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book -- a solo project three years removed from his prior one -- meant that you'd have to wait ages for new music from the Chicago native, think again: At the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night (July 13), Chance debuted a new song in honor of the late Muhammad Ali.
To close the 24th annual event, Chano was joined by a choir and The Social Experiment, paying homage to Ali, the boxing great who died in June at 74. If you were looking for new raps from Chance, though, you'll have to keep waiting; this was, instead, an entirely sung tribute (he even impressively hit a couple high notes), interspersed with clips of Ali's own words.
The powerful set closed a show that opened with another striking, though very different, statement. NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul kicked off the show standing strongly in line together, with a four-part speech that demanded racial justice and athlete activism.
The night wasn't entirely filled with heavy moments, though. Take, for instance, Chance prepping for his performance with a goofy song-and-dance with Steph Curry.
This actually isn't Steph's first foray into the viral Jones BBQ Foot Massage jingle. It was also part of his pre-game routine in June.
Word is he'll be Chance's opening act on the upcoming Coloring Book tour.