KING — “The Greatest” [♬]

PRINCE himself endorsed the Los Angeles-based R&B trio, KING, upon release of their debut album, inviting them to open during one of his “21 Nights” shows. This is a great song in its own right that I should have posted months ago, but it just seems fitting now given the recent news. KING have a brilliant 8-bit visual for their single “The Greatest“; an homage to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali:

“That one [“The Greatest,” a Muhammad Ali tribute] was really important to us,” says Paris of the lead single. “There’s a lot going on in the world. There’s a lot out there that if you turn on the news, you can see how little people value your personhood. It’s a fun and uptempo, upbeat song, but underneath is the message, ‘You are great’, especially speaking to young people of color … and Muhammad Ali, with his unwavering confidence and not being afraid of anybody, his politics and his statement … that was really inspiring to us. We hope that any young person listening would just internalize that like, ‘I am the greatest’ no matter what anybody says, no matter what is happening.”

Who wants a run with the number one?
Get in line for the greatest great to grace this side of time
I’m taking home the gold
One at a time, the modern marvel man to stand behind
I’m taking home the gold

Though my heart it beats like crazy
(my heart is spinning but we both know)
There’s just one way to go and someone’s gotta fall
It won’t be me, no
Muhammad the greatest great
Your champion heavyweight

Who wants a run with the number one?

Fight of the night
A flashing faster than the speed of light
I’m taking home the gold

Riddle and rhyme
The bravest famous maven in my prime,
Victory is mine

Though my heart it beats like crazy
(my heart is spinning but we both know)
There’s just one way to go and someone’s gotta fall

Oh, Ali the amazing
There’s just one way to go, and someone’s gotta fall

Though my heart it beats like crazy
There’s just one way to go Muhammad Ali, oh
The greatest great
Your champion heavyweight
Who wants a run with the number one?

It’ll be me, Muhammad the greatest great
Your champion heavyweight.

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~ by Fionnlagh on June 6, 2016.

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