Justin Timberlake said he couldn’t do it again. Oh, yes he can. And we’ll gladly watch it over and over.
On Tuesday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Timberlake showed to promote his new movie, “Friends With Benefits” and told a cheering audience not to expect a remake of The History of Rap, a 2010 Timberlake-Fallon performance that went viral. But after a calm “we can’t do it again,” Timberlake and Fallon grabbed hidden microphones and swaggered on stage to start roughly five minutes of crowd-pleasing riffs—and dancing—with Kurtis Blow’s “The Breaks.”
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During The History of Rap 2, the pair flowed through a medley of choreographed rap and hip hop, touching on everything from DMX’s “Up in Here” to Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane.” With a bit of Outkast, Salt-N-Pepa, Eminem, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Nelly, Public Enemy and even a well-placed Vanilla Ice reference, the pair showed no slowing down in a performance that lasted longer than the first rendition.
The duo danced through the entire set—including working out their Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie”—and a winded Fallon did as much singing (if not more) as JT. The entertainers slowed it down at the end, breaking away from rap to take Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” into the crowd for a studio sing-along.
As music fans cheer the latest Timberlake-Fallon creation, the video may prove that a promotional stop at Fallon’s studio really is the best part of Timberlake’s movie career.