tUnE-yArDs and the Roots melt brains on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

Photo by Erik Hess
tUnE-yArDs at the Cedar earlier this year
The Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show, which is musically hosted by groundbreaking live hip-hop crew the Roots, has made a habit out of bending the rules of typical late-show musical performances and allowing artists to perform whatever -- and however -- they'd like. Hell, Odd Future made a whole career out of their set-storming Fallon performance at the beginning of this year, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver used his first of two Fallon performances this year to eschew his new material all together and play a medley of Bonnie Raitt and Donny Hathaway songs.

So it's welcome news, but by no means a surprise, that tUnE-yArDs used their spot on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show last night to collaborate with two members of the Roots -- and the resulting performance of tUnE-yArDs' "Gangsta" with special guests Questlove and Black Thought was one for the Fallon history books.

Watch the performance in all its disjointed-yet-mesmerizing wonderment here:


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Erik Hess
Erik Hess

?estlove drumming behind Merrill? Whoa. Thanks for sharing this. Insane. And to think her show opening for Dirty Projectors in MPLS was only the second time she had played it! So cool to hear the changes in the song with each performance.

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