Brian Williams would like to make one thing clear: He's never said "hippity."
Jimmy Fallon presented another remix of Williams' "NBC Nightly News" broadcasts on Monday night's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," pulling out individual words and editing them together to make it appear that the anchor was rapping Snoop Dogg's 1996 Grammy-nominated hit, "Gin and Juice."
A February rap remix of Williams' words put to Sugar Hill Gang's 1979 classic "Rapper's Delight" has 8.9 million YouTube views.
"It's all anyone mentions to me anymore," Williams said to Fallon of the compilation raps. Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. spotted Williams at a New York Rangers game recently and told the anchor he had become "a huge figure in the rap and hip-hop community," Williams said, adding, "I want to be modest, but..."
In addition to insisting "I've never said hippity," Williams pointed out that it's a little creepy to know that a Fallon staffer (film research coordinator John MacDonald) is poring over his every recorded sentence, literally putting words in his mouth. Such digital devotion "spooks me out," Williams said.
A few other NBC personalities also popped up in the "Gin and Juice" video, including Natalie Morales, Richard Engel and Lester Holt. "I had reservations about Lester," joked Williams. "It's because of his flow."
Fallon also mentioned his numerous rap nicknames for Williams, including BriWi, B-Willy, B-Dubs, and Honey Bri-Bri. And Williams played along, reminiscing about his own fictional rap background, saying "when I was hanging with 'Pac (Tupac Shakur) and Biggie (Smalls) in the old days..."
Fallon got in a little joke at Williams right away, introducing him by saying, "he hosts the fourth hour of the TODAY Show." But Williams zinged him right back, sniffing, "Every night, I'm downstairs doing the broadcast that pays for your hobby."
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