The History of Rap: Timberlake & Fallon Go Viral
The “Social Network” star showed up last week on “Late Night” to plug his new film but instead ended up performing another viral hit. This guy is gold.
Backed by the The Roots, Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon went on a three-minute spree reenacting famous rap acts of the last twenty years.
Starting with “Rapper’s Delight” the blue-eyed duo segued into “Peter Piper,” then The Beastie Boys, singing a convincing “Paul Revere.” The two dug deep down in the crates with Tribe Called Quest’s “Award Tour,” Digital Underground’s “Humpty Dance,” then getting gangsta with Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin But a G Thang” and Tupac’s “California Love.”
The duo brought it back with Biggie’s “Juicy,” Eminem’s “My Name Is” and Missy Elliott’s “Work It.” Fallon and Timberlake also threw in snippets of T.I., Soulja Boy, and Rihanna. The crowd roared when the two ended with Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”
While we may have been unfazed by last week’s announcement that Timberlake may stop making music, we’d be crushed if he stopped delivering these parody gems. JT’s performance was no surprise, but damn Jimmy can do a good Mike D!