Yang recently sat down for an interview with comedian Ziwe Fumudoh for an upcoming episode of her SHOWTIME series, Ziwe. Previews of the session have been posted on the internet and appear to show a clear example of when keeping it real goes wrong. During the interview, Ziwe asked Yang if he was a fan of hip-hop. “I listened to hip-hop a lot during the 90s and 2000s,” Yang said, naming Nas and Jay-Z as two artists he coveted.
Ziwe went on to ask, “What’s your favorite Jay-Z song?” This is where things got awkward. After a long pause, Yang questioned himself. “What’s my favorite Jay-Z song?” he asked aloud. Unable to come up with the name, he started rapping a few lines from Hov’s 2003 track, “Encore”, specifically the version remixed with Linkin Park.
“It was the first that came to my mind,” Yang added. “Then there’s like his collaboration with Kanye, like N-word in Paris,” he said, referring to “Niggas in Paris”, the hit Hov and Yeezy collab on their 2011 joint album, Look at the throne.
“These are the two songs that came to mind,” Yang added. “But he’s got such a gun, you really can’t go wrong.”
Yang has had some surprising hip-hop moments in the past, but it wasn’t one of them. The full interview will air Sunday evening (May 23) at 11 p.m. EST.
Watch the video of Yang struggling to find a Jay-Z song title below.
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