In late 2010, Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon performed a medley of hip-hop songs starting with Sugar Hill Gang and ending with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Last night it happened again, this time starting with Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks" and featuring a rousing ending on Biz Markie's classic "Just a Friend." Again, I take issue with calling this the history of "rap" and think this is really a history of "hip hop" (read more about what hip hop is here), but perhaps I'm just showing my nerdcore roots. According to Soul Culture, this is the song breakdown:
0:14 The Breaks 0:23 The Message 0:36 Express Yourself 0:43 Bring the Noise 0:47 It Takes 2 1:03 Push It 1:18 Ice Ice Baby 1:28 The Choice is Yours 1:37 Cypress Hill - Insane in the Membrane 1:47 DJ Kool - Let Me Clear My Throat 2:04 DMX - Party Up (Up in Here) 2:13 Nelly - Hot in Herre 2:28 50 Cent - In Da Club 2:45 Outkast - Hey Ya 2:59 Lil Wayne - A Milli 3:05 DJ Khaled - All I Do Is Win 3:17 Cali Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie 3:33 Rick Ross - B.M.F. 3:55 Biz Markie - Just a Friend
The original NBC video for part 1 is down; check out this YouTube video for a working version...for now.