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Idris Elba Raps 'Panda' Like a Chipmunk on 'The Tonight Show'

You need to see Idris Elba and Jimmy Fallon’s emotional duet of Lionel Richie's "Endless Love" on 'The Tonight Show'

Idris Elba appeared on Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show in support of his new movie, Star Trek Beyond. If you haven’t heard, he plays a lizard-like dictator by the name of Krall.


The British star had a chance to show off his musical prowess in a game of “Box of Microphones” with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, in which contestants are assigned random pop songs to sing using microphones with weird vocal effects.

Elba went first with Desiigner’s “Panda.” His chipmunk rendition of the young Bed-Stuy rapper’s hit song did not disappoint. Next up was Fallon with “One Dance.” And finally, a friendship bloomed as Elba and Fallon performed a touching duet of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross’ “Endless Love.”

Watch below.

He also showed off his impressive top rock b-boy moves before slipping in a James Brown shuffle, as Fallon looked on.

One thing is for sure—Idris has loads of talent, onscreen and off.

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Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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