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Jimmy Fallon once listed his five favourite rappers

Jimmy Fallon isn’t the first person you might expect to weigh in on the rap industry, but everybody has their own music taste, and that includes him. Apparently, Chris Rock put him a bit on the spot once in one of his show’s segments when being interviewed about an upcoming film.

Although it seems that the clip is a relatively elusive one on the internet, there are plenty of summaries online that drive the point home quite well. Fallon may not have been expecting to give his hot take, but he certainly gave it on the spot and was a good sport about it.

As always, Fallon had to insert a little bit of humour into the mix by giving a cheeky answer among a few of his more serious picks, but for the most part, the host whipped through his answers anyway, so without further ado, we can see what he’s got!

Jimmy Fallon’s top 5 rappers:

Beastie Boys

This New York City native rap group from the 1980s is likely a favourite among plenty of people who want a little bit of a party vibe, and who love some old school music. Again, Fallon didn’t have too much to say about the actual music itself or the group, but they are responsible for songs like ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ and ‘Brass Monkey’.

Run-D.M.C.

Again, Run-D.M.C. is another classic rap group that emerged out of New York City in the 1980s. I think we might have a pattern going on here with Jimmy Fallon. Maybe he just has nostalgia for this time period. Who knows? Either way, Run-D.M.C. was responsible for hits like ‘It’s Tricky’ and ‘Walk This Way’.

Eminem

Eminem is another one we might expect out of Jimmy Fallon, especially considering the fact that he’s one of the biggest rap names to also cross into pop music in the mainstream. His songs are basically everywhere, and he’s had quite the career from the 2000s all the way up until now.

Jay Z

Jay Z is one of the most famous and influential rappers in the industry, so it only makes sense that he would make it onto the list. It also seems that Fallon does have a pattern for loving New York City rappers, which is perhaps an appropriate enough choice for the host. 

“Rappin’ Duke”

This is where things get a little funny. Yes, you read that right, and no, it isn’t a real rapper. He named “Rappin’ Duke” as a joke, as the name actually refers to a 1983 novelty track by Shawn Brown, who pretends to rap like John Wayne for the bit. “Was it between him and [Sir] Mix-a-Lot?” Rock asks in response, playing along.