Sorry, Emmylou Harris! You’re a very talented performer and your rendition of “New Orleans” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday was great. But when Justin Timberlake is also a guest, and he and Jimmy Fallon provide a sequel to their raucously entertaining “History of Rap” from September, you’re going to get upstaged.
Transitioning effortlessly from old-school classics like Kurtis Blow‘s “The Breaks” to early-nineties hip-hop head favorites like Black Sheep‘s “The Choice Is Yours,” to more recent hits like Lil Wayne‘s “A Milli,” the duo entertained the heck out of the audience in the crowd and at home. Wisely, the two touched on a number of dance-associated tracks, so Timberlake, in particular, could show off his best Dougie, robot, and even Ed Lover dance. They even rattled off a few bars of “Up In Here,” possibly in honor of DMX‘s recent release from incarceration. This is the rare sequel that matches the original, and it’s a must-watch.
Elsewhere on late night…
Conan: Tedeschi Trucks Band, “Learn How to Love”
The Late Show with David Letterman: The Del McCoury Band and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “I’ll Fly Away”
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: 3 Doors Down, “Every Time You Go”
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Theophilus London, “I Stand Alone”
Lopez Tonight: Los Lonely Boys, “16 Monkeys”