James Corden Name-Drops Phife Dawg and Drake in 2017 Grammy Awards Freestyle
— Hardys® (@HardysMedia) February 13, 2017
James Corden is, first and foremost, a talk show host, but he assumed the role of enthusiastic rapper during his opening monologue at the 2017 Grammy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 12).
In his freestyle, Corden pokes fun at Drake's relationship with Rihanna, drawing more than a few laughs from the audience. In other parts, he takes a shot at President Donald Trump while spitting about the need for unity.
At another point in his verse he shouts out a few musicians that lost their lives in the last year. That's when he mentioned A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg. "The verse tonight's for people we miss/the music they made were clearly a gift/Leonard Cohen and Prince were legends in life/George Michaels/Sharon/Phife," he rapped during a multiphase opening.
In other Tribe-related news, the group is still set to perform their We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service track "Movin Backwards" with XXL Freshman Anderson .Paak will join them on stage.
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