The Graham Norton Show is an institution in the U.K.——a place where celebrities who share the couch with host Norton are often challenged to showing off hidden talents and revealing deeply personal facts about themselves.
Last week, Norton welcomed actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow to the show, and during a discussion of her musical tastes (which vary wildly, as we well know), Norton brought up that Paltrow is a huge fan of hip-hop.
That revelation isn’t so surprising, especially considering she counts the Carters as personal friends, but she upped the ante by dropping Ice Cube’s opening verse from N.W.A’s statement-of-purpose anthem “Gangsta Gangsta.”
Watch her lay it down, with backing track assistance from Geoffrey Rush and comedian Jason Byrne:
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Sadly, Lady Gaga didn’t join the proceedings until after Paltrow’s rap, though she did manage to exchange quite a few bon mots with her.
Paltrow’s performance might be seen as blasphemy, but honestly, it isn’t any more embarrassing than anything Ice Cube has put into the world over the past few years, and he’s the dude who originally wrote the verse.
She does come across as a pretty unlikely rapper (and no matter how much husband and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin associates with Jay-Z, he still isn’t all that street either), but does this officially make her more hood than Natalie Portman?
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