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Daveed Diggs and Black Thought perform powerful rap about voting

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With the exception of his infamous interview with Donald Trump (and a less-discussed chat with Hillary Clinton), Jimmy Fallon has stayed away from making The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon into a political affair along the lines of Late Night with Seth Meyers or The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. But on Monday night’s episode, the final Fallon broadcast before Election Day, Fallon invited guest Daveed Diggs to perform a freestyle rap, which the Tony-winning actor turned into a plea for people to get out and vote.

“Let’s just spit some bars about voting,” the former Hamilton star began. With that, Diggs and Black Thought from The Roots traded verses about the importance of the election while shying away from offering an endorsement for either Trump or Clinton. (Diggs, however, is a Clinton supporter.)

“The right to vote ain’t always been given to every citizen,” Diggs rapped in his final verse. “Not until 1920 did it include any women. And not until 1965 if you exhibit melanin. And even now, they try to stop us when they telling us lies about deadlines and who can and who can’t and all this voter registration miseducation, I’d be damned if after all that blood and fighting for the right to be counted I don’t get out my bed and fill out that ballot.”

Watch the segment below.