When Athletes Check the Mic (The Classics Edition)

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When Athletes Check the Mic (The Classics Edition)

Cassius Clay released "I am the Greatest" on Columbia Records in 1963. Billed as a comedy album, the record features the future-Muhammad Ali rumbling his way through bluster heavy proto-rap, poetic verses, fight music, standup monologues and even Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me”—all to the delight of a live audience who cheer, chuckle and ballyhoo behind Clay’s boisterous horn-tooting. Apparently, Ali opened Pandora’s box set. Athletes of all stripes have since felt the need to rock the casbah. I've stacked up a six pack of questionable releases that managed to find their way out of the locker room.

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