2017 Tiny Desk Contest winner Tank and the Bangas effortlessly combine smooth jazz, spoken word, hip hop, R&B, love and humor. Watch them play one of the best Tiny Desk sets we’ve ever seen. If they don’t blow up globally, there truly is no justice in this world.
Common and The Roots’ Tariq Trotter prove why they’re professional rappers, and you’re not, as they’re challenged to take three totally random words and work them into a freestyle. “Girl reaching their climax, I’m larger than life, I’m like the IMAX.” Black Thought, you win.
(PG-13 Language) J.R.R. Tolkien takes on George R.R. Martin in an epic rap battle of the R.R.s. If the prize was strictly based on the amount of blood spilled, Martin would win, while Tolkien is the clear victor at the box office. Of course Martin does have Gregor Clegane on his side.
(PG-13) “Prolly never gonna make it to the top of the pop charts Cuz I don’t rap about poppin bottles, or poppin Mollies, I’d rather rap about strawberry Pop-Tarts.” Mac Lethal spits his lyrical genius at a breakneck pace, on a quest to finish his song in time for his bag of popcorn.