Culture

Watch ‘Abbott Elementary’ Star Tyler James Williams Freestyle Over GloRilla’s “F.N.F.”

While visiting radio show Sway in the Morning, Abbott Elementary actor Tyler James Williams freestyled to GloRilla’s “F.N.F.”

Mr. Eddie got bars. Abbott Elementary actor Tyler James Williams recently visited radio show Sway in the Morning, where he gave hosts Sway Calloway and Heather B a surprise freestyle over GloRilla’s summertime viral hit “F.N.F.” While his bars were unexpectedly explicit, Williams stepped up to the mic and maintained the flow for a minute and a half.

The Everybody Hates Chris alum is no stranger to rapping – he’s visited Sway’s Universe twice before to showcase his skills. His last visit was in 2015, freestyling over Drake’s “6 God” from his commercial mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

In 2012, a then-teenage Williams starred in Disney Channel musical film Let It Shine with Trevor Jackson (Grown-ish) and Coco Jones (Bel-Air), a hip-hop adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac. If you missed it, watch Williams take part in a kiddie 8 Mile-style battle from the film.

Williams recently spoke with Bustle about his experience as a child actor.

“As a child, it’s really weird when your audience tells you that you did such a good job at something that they don’t want you to do anything else,” he said. “I knew I could fall into this trap of child actors and [be] known for one thing and never work again and just be a nostalgia artist, and I was hyperaware of that. I think I overcompensated. I was really calculated in everything I did.”

Watch Williams’ full Sway in the Morning interview below.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

Share
Published by
Jaelani Turner-Williams

Recent Posts

Grammy Predictions 2023: Our Guesses at Who’ll Win the Big Four (And Other Categories)

Will Beyoncé win over Adele? Will Steve Lacy have his breakout moment? Will Kendrick have… Read More

February 2, 2023

John Singleton Left Behind a 2Pac Painting From ‘Baby Boy’ Worth $75K

Featured in 2001 John Singleton-directed drama film Baby Boy, a mural painting of the late… Read More

February 2, 2023

‘Fast X,’ ‘The Flash’ and ‘Transformers’ Trailers to Air During Super Bowl

Trailers for forthcoming action films will air during the Super Bowl LVII, including Ant-Man and… Read More

February 2, 2023

After Reaching 75 Billion Streams on Spotify, Drake Proposes That Artists ‘Should Get Bonuses’

Drake, Her Loss artist and recent Apollo Theater headliner, said that artists 'should get bonuses'… Read More

February 2, 2023

Jon Stewart Slams Media For ‘Salivating’ Over Tyre Nichols Footage

Jon Stewart and writer/comedian Kasaun Wilson recently discussed how the death of Tyre Nichols has… Read More

February 2, 2023

Jordan Peele Talks About Why He Didn’t Pursue Live-Action ‘Akira’ Remake

While on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Jordan Peele reflected on his decision not to… Read More

February 2, 2023