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Leonardo DiCaprio raps A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Scenario’ in an L.A. club

Another episode of Cute White Actors Flexing Their Hip-Hop Cred in Public.


Ramon Ramirez


Posted on Sep 22, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 1:21 pm CDT

Whether it be John Krasinski, Jimmy Fallon, or Chris Pratt, we’re on a hot streak of fawning over cute white actors capitalizing on an opportunity to flex their hip-hop credibility in public. Enter titan of industry Leonardo DiCaprio, a capable rendition of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario,” 1 Oak nightclub in Los Angeles over the weekend, and credible hype men like Jamie Foxx, Diddy, and Jason Derulo.

To quote Jay Z, the ruler’s back.

DiCaprio (at least, we’re told that’s him under cap and beard) storms through Phife’s iconic opening bars with enough of a forceful East Coast accent to sell the act. As XXL points out, DiCaprio has an unimpeachable record of hip-hop fandom—2 Chainz performed at his birthday party, and he developed a TV series with Tribe’s frontman, Q-Tip. 

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*First Published: Sep 22, 2014, 2:18 pm CDT