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Six, it turns out, is the magic number for Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The best of buddies delivered an epic "History of Rap 6" on Wednesday's Tonight Show, where they plowed through a dizzying collection of hip-hop standards in just six minutes. The dynamic duo hit it out of the park with a 24-song jam in which they tackled hits from LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Salt-n-Pepa, Kendrick Lamar, Beastie Boys, Jay Z and many more. Watch the clip below and check out a breathless Fallon stumble on Snow’s “Informer." The latest installment in the "History of
- Lars Brandle, Billboard
Justin Timberlake paid a visit to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday, and the two wasted no time breaking into the sixth installment of “History of Rap” — complete with a tribute to Nwa’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which Fallon attributed to the success of the hip-hop group’s biopic, which has been a surprise smash for Universal at the box office this summer.
Earlier in the day, the duo flexed their musical muscles in a different way when they were spotted dancing to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” in the stands at the U.S. Open during Roger Federer’s quarterfinals match with Richard Gasquet.
- Laura Prudom
David Laub has left his position as co-president of Oscilloscope Laboratories, a post he has jointly held with Dan Berger since 2012. Berger remains sole president of the company, reporting to Oscilloscope owner Dechen Yauch. The parting was amicable, according to those close to the arrangement. His final day at the company was last Wednesday. Laub joined Oscilloscope, which was founded by the late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, in 2010. The acquisitions executive started his career at THINKFilm working under David Fenkel, who went on to serve as Oscillocope's first president. When Fenkel left the company in 2012, Yauch promoted Laub and Berger together shortly before Yauch's death. "I've been extremely proud and honored to help lead a company with such an incredible respect and love for films and filmmakers," Laub told Indiewire this week. "Adam Yauch had a truly one-of-a-kind vision when he founded this company, and a respect for artists and artistry that was. »
- Eric Kohn
Call it a different kind of crate digging. With Beastie Boys calling it a day following the death of Adam Yauch (aka McA, Rip), you might think there's not too many goodies left in the archives for the legendary hip hop group to share with fans. But you'd be mistaken. You can thank Irish studio Eoin McLernon for clicking around the internet and finding this unreleased video for "Too Many Rappers" ft. Nas. And for fans, it's definitely worth a watch. From the band's final album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, the Roman Coppola-directed spot is a pretty lo-fi affair, filming the rappers in a variety of locations, and cutting together the footage into something that definitely captures the classic flavor of both the Beasties and Nas. It's definitely in the spirit of the Beastie Boys, even if not on the same level of spectacle as some of their latter-era videos. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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