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September 30, 2010 7:16 AM   Subscribe

The History of Rap w/Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, The Roots. (SLYT)

Contains at least (some links NSFW) ...

Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight
Run DMC - Peter Piper
Beastie Boys - Paul Revere
A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour
Digital Undergound - Humpty Dance
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg - Nuthin' But A G Thang
2Pac - California Love
Biggie Smalls - Juicy
The Roots - The Seed (2.0)
Eminem - My Name Is
Missy Elliott - Work It
Soulja Boy Tell'em - Crank That
T.I. - Live Your Life
Kanye West - Gold Digger
Jay Z- New York
posted by sexymofo (49 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ga DAMN. Boys are on they shit.
posted by SPUTNIK at 7:21 AM on September 30, 2010


No one looks like they're having more fun than JT.

I particularly appreciated the Seed 2.0 --> My Name Is.
posted by elmer benson at 7:26 AM on September 30, 2010


That was like a rollercoaster of rap memories--surprisingly on-point and entertaining. I don't watch much late night, but Jimmy Fallon seems to be getting better and better.
posted by unwordy at 7:31 AM on September 30, 2010


Wow, I'm impressed. JF and JT both nailed most of those. I didn't really expect either of them to, but wow.

Oh, in case you missed it before, you should chap-hop a watch for more nostalgia.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 7:45 AM on September 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Pretty funny that the crowd loses it when they do the Beastie Boys
posted by AceRock at 7:52 AM on September 30, 2010 [3 favorites]


This is really impressive, but it says a lot about history: a lot of great stuff is left out.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 7:53 AM on September 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


I wonder how this thread will compare to this one. Will anyone call this a "war-crimes-level atrocity"?
posted by roll truck roll at 7:56 AM on September 30, 2010


Isn't Jay-Z's song called "Empire State of Mind?"
posted by moviehawk at 7:58 AM on September 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, also: this was incredible. Timberlake is just awesome in so many ways.
posted by moviehawk at 8:00 AM on September 30, 2010


I hate to admit this but Jimmy Fallon is slowly but surely starting to win me over.
posted by JaredSeth at 8:03 AM on September 30, 2010


HOLY. SHIT.
posted by gwint at 8:03 AM on September 30, 2010


Justin Timberlake really seems like he's having fun in nearly EVERYTHING he does, and he does so much stuff that could turn out really horrible and yet when he's doing it, it doesn't.

And Jimmy Fallon... that man will do ANYTHING, and can pull nearly all of it off. His talent is bigger than anyone realized, and he seems to be having a blast on his show nearly every night.

This was fabulous. I hadn't gotten into my DVR to watch this week's Fallon episodes yet, so this was a lot of fun. I look forward to seeing it in the context of the episode later when I watch on the big TV.

Thanks for posting.
posted by hippybear at 8:08 AM on September 30, 2010


I typically don't pass up an opportunity to dis on Fallon, but this was boss.
posted by bjork24 at 8:11 AM on September 30, 2010 [3 favorites]


I don't know what the hell you guys are talking about. That was a war-crimes-level atrocity.
posted by joedan at 8:14 AM on September 30, 2010 [4 favorites]


This sucks. No Rapture?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:18 AM on September 30, 2010


OK Fallon was the least impressive part of that. It looked like he was having fun but having a hard time. Everything came easily to Timberlake. Look how effortlessly he moves when they do the Soulja Boy. And the Roots were the Roots.
posted by AceRock at 8:20 AM on September 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Every time Jimmy Fallon does something great like this, I gloat internally, because I've considered him quite underrated as a host for a long time.

Oh, wait. I guess I actually gloat externally. Hey, six of one.
posted by Linda_Holmes at 8:21 AM on September 30, 2010


I don't know about war-crimes, but the certainly was atrocious.
posted by rusty at 8:28 AM on September 30, 2010


these songs are good but there's a lot of underground new hip hop out there they could have considered like aesop rock, canibal ox, little brother, swollen members, etcc...
posted by LouieLoco at 8:28 AM on September 30, 2010


History of X things only work if people know the songs, otherwise it's just wanking.
posted by smackfu at 8:32 AM on September 30, 2010 [6 favorites]


Really someone should just give Justin Timberlake a variety show. He has been by far the best SNL host in recent years. And that was an amazing Snoop that he did.
posted by maryr at 8:37 AM on September 30, 2010 [8 favorites]


Every time Jimmy Fallon does something great like this, I gloat internally, because I've considered him quite underrated as a host for a long time.

Metafilter: I gloat internally.
posted by d1rge at 8:46 AM on September 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is it wrong that that video entertained me more than anything I've watched recently?
posted by Magnakai at 8:49 AM on September 30, 2010


Fallon is crap at interviews, but he's pretty damn good at putting on a show. Splice Craig Ferguson's monologue and interviews with Fallon's sketches and performances and you'd have an amazing late night entertainment show.
posted by ruthsarian at 8:49 AM on September 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Awesome. Goddamn, some people are so freaking talented. And Timberlake's impression of Snoop is awesome.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:54 AM on September 30, 2010


And JT isn't even there to promote an album, he's there to promote his serious drama role in a David Fincher / Aaron Sorkin movie.
posted by smackfu at 8:55 AM on September 30, 2010


Awesome. I knew JT was a risk-taker and a heartbreaker from his SNL stuff, but this has me seeing Fallon in a much brighter light. Sure, he couldn't dance and sing like JT, but who can? JT has been doing it professionally since he was a child. There is no shame in looking worse than JT. Props to him for trying.
posted by acheekymonkey at 9:04 AM on September 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


Goddammit, I can't hear that New York song without my mind immediately switching to Coldplay.
posted by hopeless romantique at 9:31 AM on September 30, 2010


[obligatory comment about the audience being entirely white]
posted by davejay at 9:32 AM on September 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Timberlake's on the jazz.
posted by Dreamcast at 9:59 AM on September 30, 2010


I don't watch much late night TV, but Fallon never seems to get any respect. When I see stuff like this, I wonder why.
posted by howling fantods at 10:00 AM on September 30, 2010


Jimmy has been getting better and better for the last year or so. I found his show in a Winnipeg hotel room last winter, and was prepared for it to be terrible. Instead, I stayed up to watch the whole thing and really enjoyed it. Now I catch the show whenever I have the chance. He comes up with some funny, really original things.

One recurring gag he does is the "Battle of the Instant Bands," where they pull 8 people from the audience before the show who say they were musicians, split them into two bands, then gave them an hour or so to name themselves, write a song, and practice it together. Each band then performs their song on the show and the crowd votes for the winners, who get to keep their instruments. It's pretty cool to see instant collaboration among strangers, and for the performers (even if their song is necessarily not that great) it must be a thrill to be announced as a band and then play on national television.
posted by AgentRocket at 10:25 AM on September 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't watch much late night TV, but Fallon never seems to get any respect. When I see stuff like this, I wonder why.

I think late night shows are actually better via YouTube clips. Most of the interviews, which take up most of the time, are boring. And the daily monologue can be pretty intolerable too.
posted by smackfu at 10:51 AM on September 30, 2010


That was pretty enjoyable until they started doing the Soulja Boy, at which point it became Great.

Also, apropos of Live Your Life, what a long, strange trip it's been for the Numa Numa song.
posted by Copronymus at 11:13 AM on September 30, 2010


I hate to admit this but Jimmy Fallon is slowly but surely starting to win me over.

I'm afraid I feel the same way about JT. Fallon was mediocre, but that Timberlake kid has some skills.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:19 AM on September 30, 2010


I've watched every episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I don't stay up to watch it -- I have a faithful DVR which captures them for me. After taking out the commercials, an hour of Late Night ends up being about 35 minutes of show, which isn't too bad. I started watching mostly because it was interesting to see someone more or less in my own peer group (Jimmy is 6 years younger than me) taking on a television form which has been around since the medium began. I haven't watched much SNL since Eddie Murphy was a regular, so I certainly didn't know much about him from there.

I have to admit, there are some things he does that I loathe. A lot of his audience participation stuff is just annoying to me -- Dance Your Hat And Gloves Off, Cell Phone Shootout, Dancing On Air... Happily I can just skip over those.

I love his Slow Jam The News segments, with Brian Williams coming in to help out. His Friday night regular Thank You Notes is nearly always hilarious. And Thursday night's Remix The Clips segment is a wonderful demonstration of live drumming/remixing by ?uestlove.

And The Roots are amazing, and even if I don't want to watch the interview, I always have to watch the guest walk-on to see what song will be played in tribute to that guest. And Jimmy's not that bad at interviewing. He makes it a bit too much about him sometimes... He makes it too much of a fanboy interview sometimes... but there are episodes like his recent interview with Nathan Lane which was remarkable (mostly due to Lane being a great guest for shows such as this). Or when he has people on that he's worked with in the past and suddenly you're sitting listening to two friends talk about things in their lives... Those are always fun.

And he gets his guests to do interesting things sometimes. They end up doing a musical performance with The Roots (even if they aren't necessarily known as musicians). They play charades or other party games. (Beer pong with Betty White? TWICE? Great stuff.)

He's improved by leaps and bounds, and he gets more comfortable and confident all the time. I don't know how long he'll keep doing it, but I can see in a decade or so, he may have turned himself into an institution like Carson or Letterman has. It's been fun to watch, that much is certain.
posted by hippybear at 11:30 AM on September 30, 2010 [3 favorites]


I watched one Fallon episode a week or two after the show first started, and he did this wonderfully hilarious bit. He started with a completely straight-faced introduction about how local news sometimes gets overlooked in national television, but it shouldn't because it's just as important. Then he started "reporting" local news for some small town in Michigan: doing jokes of the standard "headline + pop culture reference" formula, except both the headlines and the punchlines were extremely esoteric to this one town. Is that a recurring segment?
posted by roll truck roll at 11:54 AM on September 30, 2010


roll truck roll: damn, I remember that segment. It was a great twist on the typical news joke thing... I don't remember him doing that again, sadly. I'd like to see him do that a couple of times a month, however. It was hilarious.
posted by hippybear at 1:40 PM on September 30, 2010


Template for a Vegas revue in the near future...
posted by bonefish at 2:34 PM on September 30, 2010


I don't know about war-crimes, but the certainly was atrocious.

So is your proof-reading.
posted by arveale at 4:13 PM on September 30, 2010


Missing some big ones, assume all links are not necessarily safe for work (language):
Public Enemy
2 Live Crew[NSFW - despite being on Phil Donahue]
Sir Mix-a-Lot
Ice Cube
Ice-T
Vanilla Ice
Black Sheep
Jurrassic 5
WuTang Clan

And history people never noticed when it was occuring:
Talib Kweli
posted by Nanukthedog at 4:19 PM on September 30, 2010 [3 favorites]


Missing some big ones

I doubt they were trying to be definitive.
posted by hippybear at 5:53 PM on September 30, 2010


I really, really enjoyed that. So much fun. I miss Fallon since we don't have cable anymore (I'm in Australia). Gave me goosebumps. JT is a guilty pleasure of mine and I think Fallon gets better and better.
posted by bdave at 6:03 PM on September 30, 2010


Alternate link. The Youtube clip has been taken down.
posted by roll truck roll at 6:56 PM on September 30, 2010


AAAAAAAAAAAUGH! FUCKING NBC BLOCKED IT!





*pouts*
posted by liza at 8:25 PM on September 30, 2010


caught and am having a cognitive dissonant moment here.


i mean ...


if our politics were more like our music, we wouldn't have the Tea Party.


just sayin'
posted by liza at 8:32 PM on September 30, 2010


Uh, this is an old Roots bit. This used to be a staple of their live show.
posted by Kattullus at 9:14 PM on September 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


if our politics were more like our music, we wouldn't have the Tea Party.

the music business had it's own tea party during the 90s through the 2000s. slyts: 1 & 2
posted by the aloha at 10:12 PM on September 30, 2010


An old Roots bit? Oh, that explains it then! There's no way Fallon or Timberlake would have come up with this list.

Kudos to them for including Award Tour, that's one hell of a joint.
posted by Catblack at 11:03 PM on September 30, 2010


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