It was a hip-hop heavy night on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show. Not only did Nas sit in with The Roots for the entire episode, but Jimmy Fallon and The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter played a round of Vanilla Ice’s absolutely terrible board game “Electronic Rap” for a hilarious segment dubbed “Do Not Game”. I’m still not entirely clear how the game works, but somehow it led one of hip-hop’s greatest lyricists to rap: “King of the blame/ His rap was lame/ Like a lyric poet shame/ Yo mama said candle flame.” Nearly as good as his work on “Silent Treatment”.
Sadly, Nas did not try his hand at the game, but he did hype the release of his Time is Illmatic documentary by performing tracks from the seminal album. Watch him and The Roots perform “N.Y. Stand of Mind” at the 7:55 mark of the episode, and other tracks from Illmatic in and out of commercial breaks.