Not content with going up against Adam Lambert for the role of Queen frontman, James Corden has challenged real-life MC Riz Ahmed to an epic rap fight.
It all happened last night (April 17) on The Late Late Show with James Corden, when Riz took part in the regular “Drop the Mic” spot. Celeb guests such as Anne Hathaway, Usain Bolt, and Kevin Hart have taken up the mic in the past, but this was the first time James was up against someone with actual rap records to his name.
Riz entered the “ring” in true wrestling-style, and the two Brits traded insults over the course of seven minutes, never holding back as they ripped into each other’s career, appearance, and even favorite soccer team.
James kicked off the battle by claiming Riz’s lyrics “lack depth, just like when he acts,” prompting the actor to respond that James looked “like Sean Spicer mixed with a singing Uber driver.”
Oof. If that barb hit hard, then James didn’t let it show. Instead he dissed Riz’s performance in Rogue One, before Riz let rip, saying James was basically just another version of another well-known talkshow host:
“James and I are from the same place on the map,” he joked, “that’s how I know he just stole Graham Norton‘s act,” before adding that the late-night talkshow host also copied Ellen DeGeneres.
And then came the slam dunk, with James rapping, “It’s mean to say in Star Wars, he stinks, but he made me miss the days of Jar Jar Binks,” before quick-witted Riz retorted it was “too bad” they weren’t trying to “cast Jabba the Hutt’s dad.”
Ouch. That’s gotta hurt. Riz was finally crowned the winner, but not before having one last dig: “When he left for the States, we were like, ‘Yo, please take him.'”
Aw, we were glad to see them hug it out in the end.
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