September 10, 2015


Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake's "History of Rap 6" Adds Modern Smashes

It's been a few years since Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, back on Late Night, debuted their "History of Rap" series. On this week's cozy besties reunion, we got what we all needed but didn't realize we were ready for: "History of Rap 6."

Watch the guys, sharp as ever, go H.A.M. above. When the timely inclusion of N.W.A's "Straight Outta Compton" drops, Justin has to remind Jimmy that he's not, and never was, straight outta Compton.

Things we're very pleased occured in this one: The Hammer Dance; Snow's "Informer" and an interrogation of the lyric "a licky boom boom down"; Nelly's "Country Grammar"; the constantly covered but forever awesome "Ignition (Remix)"; a killer canonization of modern day tracks like Kendrick Lamar's “Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," Drake's “Know Yourself” (WITH MY WOES!!), Big Sean's “I Don’t Fuck With You"—which was sooo good at Made in America Festival over the weekend—Jay Z and Kanye's Watch the Throne staple “Otis," Fetty Wap's “My Way," FutureRick Ross and Ace Hood's “Bugatti.”

And if you're going to write 2011-2015 cuts into the "History of Rap," you might as well go back to '86 and close with the Beastie Boys' “Fight For Your Right."