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Watch Roots Perform ‘Rapper’s Delight’ With Philadelphia Mayor

Mayor Michael Nutter, who was a disco DJ in the late Seventies, delivers near-perfect rendition of Sugarhill Gang classic

The Roots welcomed an unexpected guest during their Philly’s Fourth of July Jam Saturday night: Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, who led the Tonight Show band in a rendition of Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” After weathering early microphone troubles, the 58-year-old politician delivered a near-perfect cover of the hip-hop classic, tackling every rhyme with relative ease. Perhaps impressed by his own prowess, Nutter ended his guest appearance with an emphatic mic drop.

The Fourth of July Jam wasn’t Nutter’s first time performing “Rapper’s Delight”: As Complex reports, before the Democratic mayor entered politics, he was DJ at Philadelphia’s Club Impulse in the late Seventies, around the time the Sugarhill Gang’s groundbreaking single was released. Nutter would go on to claim that his days as a DJ at a disco club better helped him network, which suited him when he decided to enter the political world.

Mayor Nutter’s appearance wasn’t the only distinctly Philadelphia moment of the Fourth of July jam: The Roots opened their set by performing a rendition of 6 ABC Action News’ theme “Move Closer to Your World,” the station reported. The concert also featured guest performances by Miguel, Sugardland’s Jennifer Nettles and, in a surprise appearance, Cee Lo Green, who recently performed with the Roots at a David Byrne tribute concert in New York.

Unfortunately, Nutter’s triumphant “Rapper’s Delight” was likely the last of his mayoral tenure: Per Philadelphia city law, Nutter is unable to seek a third consecutive term as mayor come Election Day 2015, but at least he left office with a memorable microphone drop.

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