"My friend called me a couple of days ago and asked me. He said, 'Muhammad wants you to -- and I said 'Yes,'" the legendary musician explained to reporters
. "I didn't even let him finish. He could have said, 'Mow the lawn,' and I would have been down with it. Muhammad's my hero. He has been since I was a child. As you can see, he's such an inspiration to many people."