Last week, Justin Timberlake appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote his new movie role. After the interview, the pair launched into a fully choreographed hip-hop medley that has come to be known as "The History of Rap" (although it focuses heavily on late 80's, 90's, and 2000's songs -- this is by no means a full history).
Fallon and Timberlake trade off the MC role, as The Roots (Fallon's house band) provide backup. It's fun, it's impressive (who knew Fallon was a song-and-dance man??), and it's charmingly dorky around the edges (the song selection is clearly skewed towards what Fallon and Timberlake liked growing up, sort of their own personal Glee episode). See how many songs you recognize!
Stick around for the ending, in which the chorus from "Empire State of Mind" reveals the audience of the show -- so that's who goes to Jimmy Fallon tapings. Or perhaps that's who goes when Timberlake is on.
Note: there's an ad that runs before the video, unfortunately.
After the jump: a full song list as reported by The Wall Street Journal:
Sugar Hill Gang: "Rapper's Delight"
Run DMC: "Peter Piper"
The Beastie Boys: "Paul Revere"
A Tribe Called Quest: "Award Tour"
Digital Undergound: "Humpty Dance"
Snoop Dogg: "Ain't Nutt'N But G Thang"
2Pac (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman): "California Love"
The Notorious B.I.G: "Juicy"
The Roots: "The Seed (2.0)"
Eminem: "My Name Is"
Missy Elliot: "Work It"
Soulja Boy: "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
T.I.: "Live Your Life"
Kanye West: "Golddigger"
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys: "Empire State Of Mind"
And finally, a "Rapper's Delight" reprise. Whew.
(Via Huffington Post.)