November 8, 2016


Vic Mensa, Travis Barker, Stevie Wonder & More Slay Election Eve Late-Night Performances

Today's Election Day 2016, and musicians ushered it in pretty spectacularly on last night's late-night talk shows. Before you dive into a day of newsiness and election anxiety/celebration/apathy/whatnot, check out these awesome live videos, beginning with...

Vic Mensa's Travis Barker–supported "16 Shots" on Kimmel, which turned the anti–police brutality track into a partially a cappella theatrical experience echoing the actual police force being rampantly deployed in America. At the 3:20 mark, he stops the song to let us know:

“I’m a young black man from Chicago and I’m tired of not being able to trust the police. I wanna have faith in the men and women sworn to protect me. I don’t want to see another 17-year-old killed like Laquan McDonald murdered in the street. So when I hear a candidate talking about 'law and order' and 'stop and frisk is the answer to our problems,' you don’t know our problems in Chicago and you damn sure don’t speak for us. Tomorrow we have the biggest election of our lifetime. So you gotta get out and vote against hate. Because Donald Trump is a racist, and if you don’t vote, racism wins. That’s what I got to say.”

Stevie Wonder did our glorious national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," with Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste shredding the melodica:

Stevie also took it way back with 1974's "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing":

Hamilton alum and clipping. rapper Daveed Diggs traded bars about voting with The Roots frontman Black Thought:

Hamilton star (as in, the man playing Alexander Hamilton right now) Javier Muñoz, Jon Stewart, and Colbert did a whole long sometimes-musical skit. The god Muñoz jumps in at 8:10 for the highlight:

MUNA made their TV debut on Fallon:

And Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats even gave us some real rootsy American sounds on Corden:

Get to know the Ratedawg a little better with this Fuse inteview: