LL, who hosts the hit Spike show, seemed to give his blessing for the rendition, as he jumps to his feet when Latifah begins mouthing one of his early songs. She closes out the tune by offering praise to Cool J, saying, “LL Cool J, the greatest of all time!”
Latifah will go up against comedian Marlon Wayans in the episode. No word yet on whether Wayans will perform an LL track, but “Mama Said Knock You Out” is TheWrap’s odds-on favorite.
Eight weeks into the “Tonight Show” spinoff’s first season, the series is averaging 2.9 million total viewers per episode. That impressive total is the highest in network history for an original series, but it’s not the show’s only Nielsen number worth bragging about. In the all-important 18-49 demographic, the show’s 1.9 rating is also Spike’s best ever for an original.