Lupita Nyong’o is a woman of many talents including a master of ceremonies. The Oscar-winning actress paid a visit to The Tonight Show Monday (Oct. 7) to share details behind her new children’s book Sulwe and present just a taste of her rapping skills.
Before breaking out “Troublemaker,” Nyong’o shared how the alter-ego came to life. “I was baptized Troublemaker by Common so I feel like it’s legit,” she said. “It’s something that I do in the car. I like to play a rapper but I’m really not one.”
With The Roots providing a beat, Nyong’o drops a few bars about her Oscar status and shouts out Jay-Z and Beyoncé for using her name in their songs “We Made It” (with Jay Electronica and Soulja Boy) and recently, “Brown Skin Girl.”
“Queen Bee does not tell anyone anything,” she said about being mentioned in the song. “I was in London and I was doing a press junket for a documentary I did called Warrior Women and the first journalist is just interviewing me and she said, ‘How do you feel now that you’re a Beyoncé lyric?’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’”
It’s only right that Troublemaker teams up with Tracee Ellis Ross’ T-Murda for a collaboration, right?
See more of Nyong’o’s chat with Fallon below.
Check out our March VIBE Digital Cover with N’yongo’s Us co-star titled, Winston Duke Can’t Be Boxed In.