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Lupita Nyong'o Drops a Freestyle as Her Rap Alter Ego & Discusses Colorism on 'The Tonight Show'

The actress also shares her reaction to being name dropped by Beyoncé on 'Brown Skin Girl.'

Lupita Nyong'o appeared on The Tonight Show, Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday where she once again, flexed her rap skills as her alter-ego Troublemaker.

The actor has been promoting her upcoming children's book Sulwe as well as her latest film Little Monsters, which is in theaters this week.

During the interview with host Jimmy Fallon, the Us actor also spoke about her reaction to becoming a Beyoncé lyric, (the singer mentions her on the Wizkid-assisted Brown Skin Girl), and also being mentioned in a Jay-Z song. "I love the Carters and they seem to love me. I'm not mad," says Nyong'o.


Later, Fallon asks Nyong'o to drop a freestyle as her alter-ego Troublemaker (a name we learn was given to her by rapper Common). She picks up a mic and dons a pair of dark sunglasses before proceeding to drop a catchy freestyle, backed by house band, The Roots. Her her rhyme below.

Lupita Nyong'o's Rapping Alter Ego "Troublemaker" Freestyles youtu.be

In another clip, the actor discusses exchanging dad jokes with her costars on the set of Us and her battle with colorism as a child, an experience that inspired her to write Sulwe, which she calls a "liberal autobiography."

"It's a mirror for dark skin girls to see themselves," says Nyong'o of the book. "Specifically because I didn't have that growing up, and I wanted to use the pain that I felt [as] my weapon, my gift." Watch her speak about the book, as well as her latest film Little Monsters below.

Lupita Nyong'o Captures Her Struggle with Colorism in a Children's Book youtu.be


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