To all the “Hathahaters” out there, actress Anne Hathaway has this to say to you: “Don’t kill my vibe!”
Hathaway, the Oscar winning Les Miserables actress brought a bit of Broadway to Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show last night and did so in the most unique fashion. Instead of belting out familiar tunes from her Academy award-winning movie, or even more common Broadway hits, Hathaway chose to flex her vocal muscles on a few hip-hop numbers instead. With Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon on piano, the pair dove into hits from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dog and 50 Cent.
“Forget everything you know about rap music,” Fallon’s announcer Steve Higgins proudly proclaims before introducing Jimmy and Anne on stage. From there, Hathaway blows a kiss to Fallon to which the Tonight Show host asks, “why don’t we break them off something a little West Coast style?”
The duo start off with the 1994 hit “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Doggy Dogg with the finesse of the best lounge singers. What’s even more impressive is Hathaway’s chops as she keeps up with some intricate rhyming. After a quick round of applause, Jimmy asks Anne a very straightforward question for the next song:
“Hey Anne. Why don’t we do this one like we’re ‘in Da Club’?” signaling to the audience the selection for the next arrangement by rapper 50 Cent. Hathaway exposes her derrière to the audience while Fallon breaks off the familiar lyrics, “Gonna party like it’s your birthday.”
Folllowing an impressive display of piano playing by Fallon, Anne and Jimmy synchronize to Kendrick Lamar’s B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe. It’s at this point that Hathaway steals the show, mounting the piano and lowering her tenor to a more sultry sound. Repeating the chorus one more time, Hathaway shows off her vocal range to the pleasant approval from the audience. The show capper was the aforementioned improv where Hathaway implores all “Hathahaters” to not kill her vibe.
The Anne Hathaway duet is yet another viral hit for Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, who, since taking over for Jay Leno last month has enjoyed stellar ratings and much hyped buzz worthy moments such as this. With the announcement of David Letterman’s retirement Fallon is poised to become the number one face of late night television for years to come.
Watch Anne Hathaway and Jimmy Fallon go broadway on Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Fifty Cent.