One could argue the actual comedic value of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but its almost impossible to deny his shows ability to book some of the best musical guests on nighttime television. His house band is The Roots and the music alone could make sitting in the audience completely worth faking a laugh during Fallons Letters Home bit. Friday’s show was insane.
As if Ice Cube spontaneously performing It Was A Good Day from the guest couch wasnt enough, theres this:
Per Prefix Mag, Roots drummer Ahmir Thompson (aka Questlove) posted an MP3 of Ice Cube joining the band to warm up with live version Stright Outta Compton from N.W.A.s classic 1988 album of the same name. By the looks of a recent tweet, it seems like even Thompson was surprised.
Dude, he said When Cube gave us the green light, we ran with it.
The song starts out over Damon Bryson (aka Tuba Gooding Jr.) literally tooting his horn before Ice Cube blasts into his verse. Its easy to forget Cubes role as daddy on Are We There Yet?, when he spits lines like When I’m called off I got a sawed off/ Squeeze the trigger and bodies are hauled off. Damn, Cube. Take it easy.
To make things even better Black Thought kills MC Rens verse before Roots guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas floored everyone on stage by taking on the late Eazy-Es legendary verse, prompting Black Thought to exclaim I cant believe he did that!
Kirk warned no one he was taking Eazys verse, said Thompson. At the end of the song Black Thought can he heard saying, Im so proud of you Kirk. Eazy-Kirk!
Listen in on the madness by streaming the song on Questloves SwiftFM page, then check out Jimmy Fallon peeing his pants while singing every word (check out the 8:08 mark) of It Was A Good Day.
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