Laughing & Rhyming: 4 Great Hip Hop/Comedy Crossovers
Fans of Childish Gambino can be split in to two groups: those who like hip hop and appreciate his wordplay, and those who use the phrase "I don't normally like hip-hop but..." before admitting that they just happen to like the guy from Community a lot. That he's a strong enough on the mike to gain the appreciation of the first group without alienating the second is a testament to his abilities.
On his new mixtape, Royalty, Gambino made the controversial decision to actually work with other MCs. It was a risky move for a guy who got his rap name from the Wu Name Generator to rap with RZA, and one that could alientate some fans. Those in the second group who didn't like the hip-hop guest appearances had their patience rewarded with one they knew was geared specifically toward them: Tina Fey.
There are those much smarter than I who would say the use of Fey was a commentary on the nature of hip-hop skits; they'd probably use the word paradigm somewhere. For me it was just a reminder of some of my favorite guest appearances by comedians in hip-hop's past. And while Fey saying "racks on racks" is funny, it's not quite as good as what some other comedians have brought to the table.
4. Kevin Hart & T.I. "Fuck a Mixtape"
While 2012 may be the year that Kevin Hart becomes a household name, he's a comedy veteran who's been around for years. In 2010, T.I. was fresh out of jail and dealing with a whole mess of people who were telling him to ignore the mixtape game and focus on putting out a real album.
He wasn't having any of that, and to really drive the point home he hired Hart to be the voice of those who had argued against him. What had been annoying in real life turned in to something hilarious.
Most people will focus on the end of the skit where he goes through the long series of people he has to say "fuck" towards, including himself, but for my money the best joke in the one he gets off right at the start. There are few descriptions of T.I. that are as accurate as "Long Face, Skinny Body." Sometimes a good insult is the best comedy.