What Does Boxing Teach Us About Hip-Hop?

Growing up, I would watch highlights of Muhammad Ali dancing around his opponents in the ring, throwing unorthodox combinations while reciting poetry to the unlucky contender. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” he would taunt. Prior to matches, Ali would entertain the media with rhymes he created just for the match. “It’s gonna be a thrilla, a chilla, and a killa when I face the gorilla in Manilla,” he boasted…