The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premiered on February 17th. On Wednesday, the 19th, Fallon introduced this quite amusing mash-up of NBC Nightly News anchors Brian Williams and Lester Holt "performing" the classic hop hop song, "Rapper's Delight."
Rapper's Delight was recorded in 1979 by The Sugarhill Gang and peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in January 1980. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Rapper's Delight #251 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was preserved into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2011, calling it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
And why not listen to the original, extended (nearly 15 minute) version by The Sugarhill Gang while we're on the topic.
The creators of this Williams and Holt (with a quick cameo by Kathie Lee Gifford) video together did quite a nice job. The lyrics come from the following shortened version of the original The Sugarhill Gang song, posted for those who would like to sing along.
I said a hip hop,
Hippie to the hippie,
The hip, hip a hop, and you don't stop, a rock it
To the bang bang boogie, say, up jump the boogie,
To the rhythm of the boogie, the beat.
Now, what you hear is not a test - I'm rappin' to the beat,
And me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet.
See, I am Wonder Mike, and I'd like to say hello,
To the black, to the white, the red and the brown,
The purple and yellow. But first, I gotta
Bang bang, the boogie to the boogie,
Say up jump the boogie to the bang bang boogie,
Let's rock, you don't stop,
Rock the rhythm that'll make your body rock.
Well so far you've heard my voice but I brought two friends along,
And the next on the mic is my man Hank,
C'mon, Hank, sing that song!
Check it out, I'm the C-A-S-A, the N-O-V-A,
And the rest is F-L-Y,
You see I go by the code of the doctor of the mix,
And these reasons I'll tell you why.
You see, I'm six foot one, and I'm tons of fun
When I dress to a T,
You see, I got more clothes than Muhammad Ali
and I dress so viciously.
Ho-tel, Mo-tel, Whatcha gonna do today? (Say what?)
'Cos I'm a get a fly girl,
Gonna get some spank n' drive off in a def OJ. Everybody go
Ho-tel, Mo-tel, Holiday Inn,
Say if your girl starts actin' up, then you take her friend.