Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon present the Evolution of Hip-hop Dancing

On the debut of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Fallon and The Roots did what they do best, bringing musical comedy that the hip-hop generation can relate to. The formula Fallon and the Legendary have perfected with Justin Timberlake on their famous “History of Hip-Hop” medleys was put to good use with inaugural guest Will Smith AKA The Fresh Prince (shouldn’t he be the Fresh King by now? Fresh Emperor, perhaps?) on a segment called “The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing” (Okaypayer followers will recognize this as the bit that Questlove & The Roots were rehearsing in the sneak peak we shared on instagram yesterday–specifically the “Hip-Hop Hooray” into “Superfreak”/”Can’t Touch This” transition).

We don’t want to ruin all the fun for you but besides the pure it’s-funny-because-it’s-true humor of taking the old school (The “Biz Dance”) to the new school (the “Stanky Legg” et al.) some special highlights along the way include “The Fish Eye”; “The I’m About To Break Dance” and of course “The Carlton.” Of course not every hip-hop dancer believes in evolution. But professors Fallon and Smith have bravely decided to “teach the controversy.” Now press play and let them Teach You How To Dougie below:


  • Will stay winning.

  • Carlton

    Kinda stinky

  • fufuberry1

    Will looks kind of…tired

  • Doo10

    zzzzzzzzz Since when did The Robot become hip hop? MJ owned those moves back in the 70s in Dancing Machine.

    • 1lluminat1


    • 1lluminat1

      Mike took all his moves from Hip Hop Dancers Genius.

    • Jai

      Hip Hop has been around since the 70s..

  • stephanie

    Funny that the only dance move jimmy killed was the Carleton.

    • hiphopapotamus

      my thoughts exactly!

  • teto pelex

    i always wondered why Will Smith never danced in his music videos.question answered.

  • Jaime

    Pasan los años, me hago viejo y will smith sigue igual -_-

  • Chewbacka Grizelda

    I vote “Fresh Emperor”!

  • thegreatone


  • I like the article

  • Jay

    It would be so incomplete without the stanky leg. I’m glad that it made the cut.