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For a late-night talker from England who is best known for musical theater, James Corden is not a terrible rapper. But on Monday night, the Late Late Show host more than met his match when he entered the “Drop the Mic” ring to face off against Star Wars: Rogue One star Riz Ahmed for an MC showdown.
In addition to being hero Bodhi Rook, super-chill surfer dad Paul-Louis on Girls and Golden Globe-nominated star of HBO’s The Night Of, Ahmed happens to be a pretty accomplished rapper under the name Riz MC, as well as one half of the Swet Shop Boys duo with former Das Racist member Heems. In other words, a formidable opponent.
Corden, confident as ever, did not back down, coming out swinging with a stinging couplet: “Am I supposed to be afraid of Riz cuz he raps/ His lyrics lack depth, just like when he acts/ You might recognize him from some TV shows/ Or not at all if you don’t pay for HBO.” That one hurt, but Riz was ready.
“I speak the truth, you’re a liar/ He’s like Sean Spicer mixed with a singing Uber driver,” Ahmed shot back. “Look at you, I bet you think you’re great/ But your chat show’s so late nobody’s awake.” Fair enough, Corden replied, doubling down on the galactic takedowns. “I know ruining a Star Wars is seen as unlawful/ But here’s a Rogue One spoiler: in it he’s awful/ Honestly it’s mean to say in Star Wars he stinks/ He made me miss the days of Jar-Jar Binks.”
Too much, James, too much. Watch Ahmed hit back with some fierce Jabba the Hutt and Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad fire below.
This story originally appeared on Billboard.
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