Between Jay Pharoah and Aries Spears, we’ve heard some pretty good Jay-Z impressions. But, neither of those guys happen to be one of the best actors of all time. Denzel Washington’s recent take on the Roc-A-Fella kingpin during The Queen Latifah Show might just trump them all.
After talking about how he won a talent show alongside Ludacris’ dad and refusing to freestyle to the Queen’s beatboxing, the He Got Game actor described a situation where he had been with Jay-Z in a studio during the The Blueprint recordings. While describing the scene, he goes into his Jigga role without hesitation, nailing the laugh and casual slickness with ease. “Yea D, I’m gonna play this for you, D.”
Between the host, conversation and Denzel’s spot-on impersonation, this is the unquestionably the most hip-hop daytime TV interview ever given. Where you at, Ellen?