Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon have performed duets before. But the latest Justin Timberlake-Jimmy Fallon performance was as themselves, and not as the Gibbs brothers. The two have talked it up on the Barry Gibb Talk Show on SNL, but they can also impersonate other singing legends. On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the two reenacted the entire history of rap, performing snippets of the genre’s biggest hits. As with most things involving Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon lately, the results made it big online.
Timberlake was busy on the talk show circuit all week, plugging The Social Network. Naturally, he had to stop over to see Fallon on Wednesday, since the two frequently perform on SNL together. To wrap up the segment, the guest noted how the stage would be good for a concert, especially with The Roots as the house band.
With that, Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon went back through “A History of Rap,” doing portions of the biggest hip hop songs in the last few decades. Their song selection ranged from the Sugarhill Gang – which opened for NSync once – to Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Missy Elliot and much more.
Usually, a comedian and a music superstar/actor aren’t expected to do duets. But with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, it is pretty much required. In addition to their Gibb homages on SNL, Fallon does all kinds of musical tributes – on his show and on the Emmys – and Timberlake is a veteran at singing with SNL performers.
Pretty much everything Timberlake and Fallon do is guaranteed to hit it big online. Fallon’s Glee style opening at the Emmys was a viral sensation, while Timberlake sets the web on fire whenever he appears on SNL.
The two are even bigger than usual outside of the Internet as well. Fallon is starting to find his own niche in late night, thanks in no small part to his viral hits. As for Timberlake, his movie career is about to hit a new high note with The Social Network, as Oscar buzz is actually attached to him.
For both Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, this year may stand to be a big turning point in their careers. Therefore, adding one more hit routine on the Internet is a mere drop in the bucket for them. It will have to do until the next time they dress up as Barry and Robin Gibb, which SNL will probably arrange before too long.
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon- “A History of Rap: Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake and The Roots”
Paste Magazine- “Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Perform The History of Rap”