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T.I, LL Cool J and Hugh Jackman Perform 'Music Man' Rap at Tony Awards 2014

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Published on 11 Jun 2022 / In Music

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T.I, LL Cool J, and host Hugh Jackman brought hip hop to the 2014 Tony Awards last night with a rap, call and response rendition of the Music Man. The unlikely trio brought the thespian crowd to their feet at Radio City Music Hall when they performed a rap rendition of "Rock Island."

The mashup was inspired by the classic musical by Meredith Wilson that takes place in Gary, Indiana and is about as far from the hip hop genre as can be, but leave it to host extraordinaire Hugh Jackman teamed with the King of the South T.I and LL Cool J to bring the Music Man to the 21st century by tossing some hip hop flava into the mix with beats by Quest Love from the Roots and for those who don't know, Quest Love is aka the guy with the awesome fro in Jimmy Fallon's band. Following the performance, LL Cool J tweeted, "First Hip Hop performance on #thetonyawards w/ troubleman31 thehughjackman." This remixed version of the 1957 classic was such a fun and fresh rendition because if you guys aren't familiar with the original score, it's a bit of a snoozer to say the least. I mean come on, it's about a con man posed as a musician who poses as a band leader who sells uniforms and instruments to Iowa townsfolk with a plan to skip town w/o giving any music lessons. Oh and then to top off the excitement...wait for it, dude falls in love with a librarian. Yeah not exactly who you'd call a Smooth Criminal. But despite the snoozer storyline, Hugh Jackman, T.I, and LL Cool J were able to bring some fuel to the nonexistent fire. Bravo boys. Thanks for watching Clevver Music, I'm your host Miriam Isa. Let me know in the comment section below what your favorite moment was from the Tony's last night or shoot me a tweet. Also be sure to subscribe to Clevver News and click right here next to my face to get the scoop on what else went down this weekend with Rita Ora and the Biebs. Until next time, bye guys!

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