Q-Tip Joins Creative Team for Muhammed Ali-Inspired Musical “Ali”

Q-Tip, who has a history of being selective with his projects, has already expressed his excitement about the musical. “Muhammad Ali has been an inspiration for me my entire life,” he said. “I look forward to working with the entire creative team in telling the great man’s story in this form.”

Q-Tip Joins Creative Team for Muhammed Ali-Inspired Musical “Ali”
The Broadway-aimed musical will tell the story of the boxing champion and humanitarian Muhammed Ali. Q-Tip, with a Grammy under his belt, is a welcome member of the creative team.

Renowned Muslim American rapper and producer Q-Tip has joined the creative team for "Ali," an upcoming musical based on the life of the famed heavyweight boxing champion and fellow Muslim American Muhammad Ali

The musical is set to premiere in fall 2024 in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, with plans to bring the show to Broadway in 2025. Q-Tip joins a team that includes lead producer Richard Willis, composer Teddy Abrams, director and author Clint Dyer, associate music producer Casey Benjamin and music supervisor Sean Mayes.

Q-Tip, a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest who has a history of being selective with the projects he takes on, has already expressed his excitement about working on the musical. “Muhammad Ali has been an inspiration for me my entire life,” Q-Tip told Variety. “I look forward to working with … the entire creative team in telling the great man’s story in this form.”

In turn, the team is thrilled to begin working with Q-Tip. Willis said in a statement that, “We are beyond delighted and grateful to have the living legend, Q-Tip, join this extraordinary creative team on ‘Ali.'” He added that, “Q-Tip’s artistry, knowledge and experience is unmatched.”

Meanwhile, Dyer said that he is, “thrilled to be working with Q-Tip, who is one of my music heroes and the perfect person to join us in telling Muhammad Ali’s story.” Dyer also said that, “Q-Tip is most definitely one of hip-hop’s biggest artists and a great collaborator/producer. Co-writing the lyrics for ‘Ali’ with him will be an honor.”

Abrams initially wrote a “multimedia opera-rap-oratorio mashup” about Ali called “The Greatest: Muhammad Ali” in 2017, which premiered at the Kentucky Center. The reception to the project led Abrams and his creative team to the idea of a full Broadway musical about Ali’s life.

The teaser for “Ali” can be found below, as written on the show’s website:

"Ali," the new musical celebrating the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.
Deemed “The Greatest of All Time,” Muhammad Ali was born in 1942 and raised during the early years of television and the American dream. His childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, along with love and unconditional support from his mother (and later from his wife Lonnie), set the stage for him to become the greatest boxer of all time. Ali was a formidable fighter. But the toughest battles he faced were often out of the ring. The most celebrated champion of his generation was also an outspoken advocate for social justice and equality. His combination of courage, swagger, compassion, wit, and charisma galvanized people during The American Civil Rights Movement. His vision for a world without hate has inspired generations of activists who continue to fight for social change today.
“Ali” will premiere in Muhammad Ali’s Hometown Louisville, Kentucky in Fall 2024.

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