i know this is the day of rest and i should be reading the bible
or taking a leisurely stroll around my neighborhood
or planting a garden in glory of the Lord
but none other than Amy Collins Langfield just tweeted this video at me and i need to share it with you and expound on its excellence.
first off: you have Ice Cube sitting in with the Roots led by the great drummer ?estlove.
next: you have the classic title track off “Straight Outta Compton”, N.W.A’s breakthrough album which many forget came out during the height of Grunge.
the challenge: you’re televising this on network tv. and even though no one likes or watches Jimmy Fallon’s show (of which The Roots are the house band), and even though the telecast airs in the wee hours when children are fast asleep, and even though this is just a jam for the studio audience during the commercial break, due to draconian laws the vocalists CANT CURSE despite the fact that the original has a swear word or offensive term in nearly every line.
the result: an awkward but beautiful tongue-twisting tapdance around lyrical landmines
the grade: A+++++++++++++