Brian Williams visited The Tonight Show Monday, and Jimmy Fallon welcomed him with a rap video. Using the magic of editing, the newsman appeared to perform Snoop Dogg's 1994 hit, "Gin and Juice."
Of course, Fallon has been doing this to the 54-year-old NBC Nightly News anchor for years. Williams' reel has been re-cut to show him rapping Sugar Hill Gang's 1979 classic, "Rapper's Delight," N.W.A.'s 1988 smash, "Straight Outta Compton," and Dogg's 1992 debut single, "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang."
A few more NBC stars popped up in the "Gin and Juice" video, including Natalie Morales, Richard Engel and Lester Holt. "I had reservations about Lester," Williams joked. "It's because of his flow."
The viral videos have elevated Williams' profile, he said. "It's all anyone mentions to me anymore!" Last Thursday, fore example, he ran into Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. at the New York Rangers game. "He comes up to me and says, 'You are a huge figure in the rap and hip-hop community.'"