Published Jun 20, 2013In what's sure to be a gamer's delight, the Roots' Black Thought busted out bars about Nintendo icon Mario last night (June 19) during a skit on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. His rap, atop a variation of the classic Super Mario Bros. theme song, wrangles together a number of factoid's about the world's most adventuresome plumber, and you can peep it down below.
While Black Thought's deadpan pre-song chat with Fallon about being a gaming freak suggests he may not spend most nights cradling an 8-bit NES controller, the rapper knows his history. Threaded into his verses are details on Mario's early days as Donkey Kong hero Jumpman, as well as lines about Goombas, Princesses Daisy and Peach (née Toadstool), and jabs towards Mario's cowardly baby brother Luigi. Nerds may note that the moustachioed sprite had been dubbed "super" well before he got that cape, but otherwise Black Thought knocks this one well out of the park, and into the galaxy.
Also seen last night was an acoustic run-through of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," as performed by Black Simon & Garfunkel (a.k.a. the Roots' Questlove and "Captain" Kirk Douglas). Instead of slathering the single with oozing synth sounds, the duo timidly sprinkle the song with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme and some "The Boxer"-styled "la la las."
Thanks to Consequence of Sound for the hook-up.