THE GREATEST WORDS by YASIIN BEY

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, partners with calligrapher Niels Shoe Meulman for Louis Vuitton to pay tribute to the greatest.

“Last night I had a dream.
When we got to Africa,
we had one hell of a rumble.
First, I had to whip Tarzan behind,
for claiming he King of the Jungle.
For this fight, I done wrassled an alligator,
I done tussled a whale.
And handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail.
You know I’m bad.
I done murdered a rock.
Hospitalized a brick.
I’m so bad, I make medicine sick.
So fast, run through a hurricane and don’t get wet.
When Foreman sees me,
He’ll pay his debt.
I’ll drown a pool of water, and kill a dead tree.
Wait till you see Muhammad Ali.”


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