There’s no single late night talk show format. All of the major hosts have their own sets of strengths and weaknesses, and in order to be successful, each performer needs to continually find ways to highlight those strengths and gloss of those negatives. That’s why David Letterman spends such a high percentage of his runtime interviewing guests. That’s why Jimmy Kimmel is always in the middle of some epic prank, and that’s why new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon is all about playing games, having fun and performing—like last night when he busted out the fifth brilliant installment of The History Of Rap.
If you’ve never seen any of the prior prior collaborations with Justin Timberlake, they all basically work the same way. The two men bust through a long series of famous rap songs. The basic goal is to get them to seamlessly bleed into one another, and of course, to get the audience on their feet and going nuts. It works like a charm every time.
Say what you will about Fallon, but the man leaves it on the stage every night. He’s never afraid to work on the ledge, and he always dives in head first without thinking about failure. He’s like a really, really sensible Shia LaBeouf in that he’d rather fall on his face than take the easy road.
For a full list of the songs used during the rendition, you can look below…
LL Cool J -- I'm Bad
Run DMC -- Beats to the Rhyme
Crazy Calls - Wait for the Beep
Beastie Boys -- Fight For Your Right
Tone Loc -- Wild Thing
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - Fresh Prince Theme
Salt N' Pepa -- Whatta Man
Positive K -- I Got A Man
The Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa
Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg - Dre Day
Warren G feat. Nate Dogg – Regulate
N.W.A. -- Straight Outta Compton
Ini Kamoze - Hot Stepper
Outkast - So Fresh, So Clean
Busta Rhymes feat. P. Diddy & Pharrell -- Pass the Courvoisier, Part II
Kris Kross – Jump
Skee-Lo -- I Wish
Jay Z - 99 Problems
Ludacris -- Move Bitch (Get Out the Way)
Drake -- Started From the Bottom
Kendrick Lamar -- Swimming Pools (Drank)
Kanye West feat. T-Pain -- Good Life
Run DMC -- Walk This Way
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