When Anne Hathaway busted out her anti-paparazzi rhymes Tuesday night on “Conan,” she wasn’t just demonstrating her ability to rap in the style of Lil Wayne. She was joining a small but apparently growing network of white, famous women who have unexpectedly rapped on late night television.
Amy Poehler did it on “Saturday Night Live” back in 2008 when she spat out lyrics to a Sarah Palin rap. Gwyneth Paltrow also did it earlier this year during an appearance on BBC’s “The Graham Norton Show.” So which woman has the most legit skills?
Watch the clips below, then vote in the poll that follows. Make your choice carefully: the future of hip-hop as performed by white female actresses on late night TV hangs in the balance.
Just to refresh your memory, here’s Hathaway’s performance from “Conan.”
Here’s Amy Poehler rapping Sarah Palin-style (the fact that she did this while pregnant admittedly gives her an edge here):
And here’s Gwyneth, doing NWA:
Update: As wisely noted in the comments, I completely neglected to include Natalie Portman’s 2006 SNL Digital Short rap. Because Portman is a pioneer in this field, I have added the video below. It’s obviously too late to include it in the poll as voting has been underway all day. These online polls are a science, and you can’t mess with science. But at least you can see Portman’s bleeped curse words and aggressive rap style in all its now non-neglected glory. My apologies for the omission.
Now vote for the best one: