Jimmy Fallon made his “Tonight Show” debut last night in spectacular fashion. With the help of Will Smith, Jimmy lead us through the evolution of hip hop dancing and reminded us how to dougie, twerk and do the robot. (Not to be confused with the evolution of Mom Dancing, which Jimmy did when Michelle Obama was on the show.) Which of the two is a better dancer? Their swanky overalls are too distracting for me to tell! (Is it freaking anyone else out that Will Smith appears not to age?)
Everything about “Achy Breaky 2″ — the “hip hop” version of “Achy Breaky Heart” by the rapper Buck 22 and Billy Ray Cyrus — is an embarrassment to vibrations we call “sound.” I don’t think anyone would call this monstrosity “hip hop.” Or country music. Or a song, really. From the sexy alien ladies twerking, to the appearance by Larry King, to the reference to his daughter Miley’s song “Wrecking Ball,” it’s more like a cesspool of poor decision-making. Watch — and listen! — at your own risk. The Cyrus family might be a greater threat to the quality of American pop culture than originally thought. [YouTube]
I’m not saying Beyonce’s original needed to be fucked with, but this remix, featuring Busta and Azealia’s even more explicit rhymes on top of “Partition”‘s sparse beat, is a fine addition to your mega Yonce playlist. Hot. [Fader]
Nicole Richie loves rap, but she wants rappers to rap about things she cares about. For her new occasional AOL video series “Candidly Nicole,” Richie visited rapper/producer Ebone Hoodrich, who is tasked with helping her create a rap so she can “get her street cred back” (which is a thing she never had, and is therefore impossible to lose). What does Nicole Richie — street name Nikki Rich — rap about? What are the central tenets of her life? Well, bangs, gluten-free spaghetti, and complaining about her plantar fasciitis. So yeah, basically she’s just like you and me. [E! Online]
Here are some typical 16-year-old activities: Riding in cars with boys. Sneaking sips from your parents’ liquor cabinet behind the garage. Cutting class. Buying prom dresses. Dutifully making SAT vocab flash cards in your room with the door closed. Standard stuff, really. Here’s something not so typical for a 16-year-old: producing a song on Jay-Z’s latest album. Meet Ebony Oshunrinde [Note: We've also seen her name written as Ebony.] a.k.a WondaGurl, the teenage Canadian with a producing credit on “Crown,” a slowed-down, dancehall-tinged track off Jay’s latest record, Magna Carta Holy Grail, which is out officially today. Check out the beat here and listen to her talk about how all this came about in an interview with MTV News, above.