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Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is must see TV for any music fan every night. Why? For hilarious bits like this. 

Backed by the best house band in the world, The Roots, Black Thought spits a freestyle about the Academy Award nominees at the suggestion of an audience member. Usually, stuff like this comes off kind of hokey and half-hearted, but with a group like The Roots doing this it’s much more fun.

Lines like “What’s that movie with DeNiro when he talked dirty? The silver line is paper like Zero Dark Thirty,” catches you up on the entire list of big nominees in this quick 40+ second freestyle. However, it still takes some getting used to for Fallon to keep referring to Thought as his government name, Tariq.

The 85th annual Academy Awards will take place this Sunday on the ABC network and will be hosted by Family Guy creator and star of Ted, Seth McFarlane. After the jump, get a look at this smooth Academy Awards freestyle from Though and The Roots and tune in to the show on Sunday.

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