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  • -Guys, I always say that our show is lucky

  • to have the greatest band in late night.

  • -Really? [ Cheers and applause ]

  • The Roots. -When do you say that?

  • -I always say it. -Like, how often?

  • -I wake up in the morning, I say that,

  • then I kiss my wife. [ Laughter ]

  • Say, "Good morning." I greet the day with that.

  • But it isn't always fun and games.

  • -It is. -But it is kind of always --

  • -No, no. But, yeah. I know, but it isn't, though.

  • Because, from time to time, we put The Roots to the test.

  • So we went online and asked people if anyone

  • wanted The Roots to write a song about them on the spot.

  • We got thousands of people who said yes, but we picked

  • three random fans who are here with us today.

  • It is time for a virtual "Freestylin' with The Roots."

  • -♪ Time to freestyle

  • With The Roots

  • Hey, Roots! You guys ready to do this?

  • -Yeah. -Well, yeah, okay.

  • -All right, let's get our first fan up here.

  • Hello. Hi. What is your name?

  • And where are you right now?

  • -Uh, my name is Hirui. It's spelled H-I-R-U-I.

  • My friends call me Henry. And I'm from Philadelphia.

  • -Hey! -Uh-oh.

  • I think you're just trying to get on The Roots' good side.

  • Okay. [ Laughter ]

  • Henry, Halloween is coming up.

  • What is your least favorite Halloween candy?

  • -Candy corns.

  • -Which candy is your favorite to get on Halloween?

  • -Reese's peanut butter cups. -Yeah.

  • -Oh, yeah, that's the jam. I love that.

  • Guys, we have our pal Henry here.

  • His least favorite Halloween candy is candy corn,

  • and his favorite candy to get on Halloween

  • is Reese's peanut butter cups.

  • For this one, Roots, since Henry's from Philadelphia

  • and Halloween is this Saturday, could we do a Will Smith, like,

  • "Nightmare on My Street" type of thing?

  • -Wait. Do the beat.

  • ♪♪

  • -Yeah, yeah.

  • ♪♪

  • -Um...

  • Well, Henry, was hanging virtually with me

  • At 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Studio 6B ♪

  • ♪ I meant to say 6A, the first letter in Andy

  • Them John's candy corns, the worst Halloween candy

  • To my surprise, he said he wouldn't be mad

  • If somebody threw some Reese cups into his bag

  • Then I turned to Questlove, and said, "Peep this, bro

  • We need to give Reese cups out on "The Tonight Show

  • Reese's cups ♪ -[ Evil laughter ]

  • -Hey! That's how you do it right there.

  • I love it. -Yes, sir.

  • -Thank you for playing, Henry. Let's get another fan on here.

  • Hello! What is your name,

  • and where are you right now?

  • -I'm Ashley, and I am in Brooklyn.

  • -Yeah! Brooklyn, I love it.

  • Ashley, the presidential election is next week.

  • If you were running for president,

  • which celebrity would you pick as your running mate?

  • -I think she's doing such a great job

  • playing Kamala Harris on "SNL," so I have to say Maya Rudolph.

  • -Yeah! I think that's a popular answer.

  • She would be great. Maya Rudolph.

  • And what would your slogan be

  • if you and Maya were running for office?

  • What would be your slogan?

  • -"Just get it done."

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -"Just get it done" is awesome, by the way.

  • I actually like that. That's a good slogan.

  • Guy, we have Ashley, and if she was running for president,

  • the celebrity she would pick as her running mate

  • would be Maya Rudolph, and her slogan would be

  • "Just get it done." [ Laughter ]

  • For this next one, since we're talking politics,

  • could we do something that kind of sounds like

  • Schoolhouse Rock? Like, "I'm just a bill,"

  • or any of those?

  • ♪♪

  • -♪ Ashley's the name, and from Brooklyn she came

  • Just to play a little freestyle game

  • In less than one week

  • Presidential election is coming

  • And if she could, then she and Maya Rudolph would be running

  • And what's the slogan they would say? ♪

  • Just get it done

  • And today, up, up, and away

  • -Oh, that's what I'm talking about.

  • Hey!

  • ♪♪

  • Up, up, and away.

  • Ashley, thank you so much for playing.

  • -Thank you! Let's do one more.

  • Here we go.

  • Hello, my friend.

  • What is your name, and where are you from?

  • -I'm Julio, and I'm from El Paso, Texas.

  • -Hey, El Paso! -I love you, Jimmy!

  • El Paso, Texas. -Way down south.

  • Way down south. -Yeah, I love it, I love it.

  • I'm assuming you're a musician,

  • 'cause you got that guitar behind you

  • and you got that great mic.

  • -Yeah, musician, bass, a little bit of drums.

  • And I love The Roots.

  • Yeah, yeah, a little bit of everything.

  • -You do. You love The Roots?

  • -Oh, hell yeah. Questlove.

  • -Hey. How you doing, Julio?

  • [ Laughter ]

  • -Easy, easy, easy, yeah.

  • All right, now, look, in quarantine,

  • a lot of people are starting new hobbies.

  • Have you picked up any new skills?

  • -Uh, not really.

  • I mean, I became a basic dude, and I just got one --

  • I don't know -- buying some pumpkin-spice latte from --

  • I couldn't even afford the Starbucks one.

  • I had to go to Dunkin' Donuts. -What?

  • All right. I don't know where he just went.

  • He went on a whole different thing.

  • All right, so he didn't pick up --

  • He didn't pick up any new hobbies.

  • His new hobby is, he's... [ Laughs ]

  • -Basic dude. -He's a basic dude.

  • He's just being -- he turned into a basic dude.

  • -Hell yeah. -You're beyond --

  • You're more than a basic dude.

  • But you went to get pumpkin-spice lattes --

  • not even the Starbucks ones. He can't afford those,

  • so he gets the Dunkin' Donuts one.

  • Yep, America runs, man.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • And if you -- Hey, Julio, if you had

  • all the time in the world,

  • what would you like to learn how to do?

  • -Ooh. Uh, I don't know.

  • Okay. What would I like to do?

  • I don't know, I guess walk --

  • walk my cat without him biting me?

  • I don't know. [ Laughter ]

  • -Wait. What? [ Laughter continues ]

  • -I'm sorry, Black Thought. I'm sorry, Black Thought.

  • I'm giving you -- I'm giving you good lyrics.

  • ♪♪

  • I love you, Jimmy. -No, no, yeah.

  • I should've guessed that. Uh, yeah.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Tariq, you gotta somehow make that work into a song.

  • I don't know what's going on.

  • All right, we have our friend Julio.

  • His new skill that he's picked up

  • is that he's a basic dude now,

  • and he wants to drink pumpkin-spice lattes,

  • but not the Starbucks ones,

  • so he gets the Dunkin' Donuts ones.

  • And if he had all the time in the world,

  • he would like to -- [ Laughter ]

  • He'd like to learn how to walk his cat

  • without the cat biting him.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • There's so many questions and levels.

  • Roots, for this final one, Bruce Springsteen

  • has a new album out, called "Letter to You."

  • So, can we do a Bruce Springsteen-style song?

  • -Hmm. Give me the bass.

  • ♪♪

  • -♪ Julio from El Paso

  • Came from way down south, but don't cause a scene

  • ♪ I hear you're buying lattes

  • Pumpkin spice that you picked up this quarantine

  • If he had all the time in

  • All the time in the world, then this basic dude

  • Would just walk his cat then

  • Try not to get bitten and then catch an attitude

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Meow meow meow meow meow, meow, meow

  • -Oh, my God!

  • -♪ Meow meow meow meow meow meow, meow meow, meow meow

  • -♪ Meow! ♪ -Yes!

  • My man right there! That was great.

  • Thanks to our virtual audience.

  • Thanks to The Roots! [ Cheers and applause ]

  • We'll be right back with Sterling K. Brown!

  • Come on back.

  • ♪♪

  • -♪ Meow meow meow meow meow, meow, meow

  • Meow meow meow meow meow meow, meow meow, meow meow

  • Meow meow meow meow meow, meow, meow

-Guys, I always say that our show is lucky

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Freestylin' with The Roots: Favorite Halloween Candy

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/27
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