Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon perform "History of Rap 5" on The Tonight Show

Hot damn. History has been made again, and by History, I mean ‘History Of Rap Part 5’ as performed by BFFs Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon mere moments ago on the capper to the new Tonight Show‘s inaugural week. You knew when you saw Justin Timberlake on the bill for this week they were gonna give the people what they want. Just knew it. The mega-medley did not disappoint, kicking off with LL Cool J‘s “I’m Bad” (that’s the 2nd explicit reference to doing “the wop” on the Tonight Show by the way–and we’re only 5 days in!) running through some hits from the Yo! MTV Raps and G-Funk era, without skipping over some of your more forgotten MCs (Skee-Lo and Pos K are glad to see those performance royalties right about now, I’d wager).

By far the money shot of the whole thing, though, was the surprise nod to Ini Kamoze with the unexpected “Hot Stepper”–though I couldn’t tell you if it was Fallon’s comically abysmal Jamaican accent or Timberlake’s manic energy on the “Murdera!” ad libs that really sell it. The new Fallon digital team is so on it they are dropping these videos in more or less real time (not even waiting for the West Coast!) so as I blog this I’m actually missing JT’s “real” performance in the next segment. In the words of Grand Puba: Gotta go, gotta go (maybe he’ll make Part 6). Enjoy below and scroll down for the full tracklist:

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


  • dink

    The history of rap, performed by two metro sexual white guys in suits.

    • Aleksandar Savic

      epic win! this comment make my day xD

    • 00177

      that’s why this is funny man

    • ou812@YAHOO.COM

      the beat is what make you won’t to get down that damn RAP SUCKS

    • Eva D. Smith

      so you are getting why this funny, right?

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  • ☆Krysta☆ Mae☆

    these two totally kick ass!

  • cloveR

    But that asian kid at the end tho

  • Sean Taylor

    Rock it spotify History of Rap 5 – Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake

  • Nicolas

    Get wack or die tryin….

  • Dean Johnson

    why the roots wasn’t part of one of the tracks?

    • LAYGO

      That band can’t play any Roots!

    • Robert Lopez

      ….ok assuming you aren’t kidding, that band IS THE ROOTS

    • Carib9uc

      Robert Lopez, see how Laygo thought he knew what he was talking about, maybe me ROFL.

    • Kari Deschaine

      Ummm…. really????

    • Kari Deschaine

      The Roots WAS all the tracks.

  • massconsciousness

    i love that they did Wait for the Beep. Fallon looking a bit old and out of breath next to TImberlake tho.

  • Hubba

    It is great to see two people going crazy and having alot of fun!

  • Jade82

    So funny! Even funnier would be 2 rappers bustin out the history of pop…

  • Micki801

    Awesome!! But no Eminem??!

  • Angela Gilbert

    i love it

  • Bon Bon

    I love the 1s they’ve done! They’re fun & funny & Jimmy is a music nut so hes up on the old & new! Has nothing to do w/race! White ppl shouldn’t know this genre? Jeez always some1!!

  • Victoria Baker

    Fallon and Timberlake are so Awesome together-whatever they do together-they mesh perfectly!!!

  • Tracy

    Jimmy should make a cd

  • tz

    DRAKE?????!!! wtf…… dude is not even a rapper…

  • Stu4Blu

    Off the hook and infectious!!!

  • Jude

    Love these two together. Wait isnt Justin Timberlake suppose
    d to be doing his concert tours? Hmmm.

  • Andre Delarue

    coke for free and everyone could do it