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C.I.T.Y. Chronicles or C.I.T.Y., it doesn’t matter what you may call him just as long as you get it right. Muhammad Ali was the same way in regards to his name, his image, his motivations and his resolve as a man. As a child of New Orleans, the rapper has found his voice in being not just someone who can discuss police brutality, racial discrimination or the constant fight as a rapper to be heard – but someone who can do it with knowledge and respect to the subject. C.I.T.Y. doesn’t release music with rapid fire succession, he normally takes time with it. Call it tapping into the right inspiration or finding the right moment, whatever you want.

“Ali” has been in the works for a while. Triumphant drums and chants from Nate Coop underscore C.I.T.Y.’s strained voice acting as his lone weapon against everything. “I know they don’t like me now but one day they’re gonna love me,” C.I.T.Y. cuts on the “Ali” chorus, understanding that love ultimately heals all. It’s comfortable for a stranger to hear “Ali” and not understand why the former Kickback Sundays rapper feels this way. It’s comfortable because they can willfully ignore the back story, problems and issues that drove him to that point. For him and Nate Coop, “Ali” is a show of a constant fight, of Ali in ’68 when he was vilified by the media for dodging the draft and then feted like a man of the world when he was buried.

Hear C.I.T.Y.’s “Ali” produced by Nate Coop below.