Watch HBO’s John Oliver Roast Anchor Ari Melber For Rap Lyrics — With A Gucci Mane Rebuttal

HBO's John Oliver broadcast a montage of MSNBC anchor Ari Melber quoting rappers while reporting the news. In an irreverent response on The Beat, Melber credits Oliver's wit, and explains that this time, he wants to respond to the comedian in his "own words." (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. ).

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    1. This is so cringe. That dude thinks he’s being “funny” and “dope” quoting “rap” lyrics. I can tell he doesn’t even listen to hip-hop. “Straight Outta a Script” Oh God…

    2. @Susan Wojcicki Is Asshoe Actually Hip Hop has always been a part of politics and its cultural influence. So whether or not he’s an actual listener of the genre makes no difference. He’s gotten recognition from many artists in the industry. And if he doesn’t listen to their music, more power to him for actually putting more context to it on current events, and bringing recognition to the music itself and the people behind it. Yes, it may be cringe, but it’s something that works. Think about it.

    3. @Mr Nosaj yes, I know hip hop as been a part of politics ever since “The Message” by the Furious 5, and even more so when Public Enemy came out and Chuck D was spitting mad stuff about the government. What bothers me is the phoniness of this here. It’s almost as if he were pandering if you think about it.

    4. @Susan Wojcicki Is Asshoe Nah, I think he loooooves the music. I’m whiter than him and I quote PE all the time. Can’t help myself.

  1. I remember the first time I saw Trump,
    standing on a hill,
    his hair blowing in the breeze.
    And he too proud to chase it.

  2. John Oliver is a gift we didn’t deserve, but one we’re more than happy to accept!
    Thanks go out to both Ari and John for their efforts to keep us informed and smiling during dark times. 🙏

    1. @Shawn Murray – In King Lear, the fool is a loyal truth teller. In Ran, the fool was pivotal player, who should have his head cut off, but he survived with “I’m just a fool”, And John Stewart appear on with Tucker (I think), when Tucker hit back, John replied, (paraphrase): “So you want to compare your show to a fake news, comedy show?”

      It’s just a little weird, the role of the fool In literature, and the power of comedians today, as major influencers.

      And that’s why guy says: “‘Never step into the ring with a comedian”. Same is true at a night club, you will not win heckling the comedian.

  3. In the wise words of Chef Jerome Samuel McElroy, “If you get served and serve them back, then it’s on.”

  4. Ari melber and John Oliver need to have a rap battle no quoting other artists just a straight-up freestyle battle

    1. @Freedom Life — Same here. Not much of a rap fan myself, but I’d pay good money to watch that!

    1. @T R it shows he understands the lyrics and can apply them when he feels it is appropriate. Most people recite lyrics but don’t really understand them.


  5. the best part of his rap quotes are the lack of reaction he typically gets. It’s not that he *does* quote them, it’s that he gets almost zero reaction every single time.

    1. Credit to Ari’s sense of humour, he knows it and he does it specifically for the audience to laugh about

  6. I think that’s his way of saying, “I hear you, it’s dumb, keep it coming, highly entertaining.”

  7. Ari’s references are great! Keep ’em coming, Mr Melber. Also, smart move keeping the response complimentary. John Oliver is a legend.

  8. Which one is better? John Oliver calling out Ari’s lame hip hop references, or the fact Ari won’t stop making them.


  9. After a long day of work, Kanye West goes to his Kanye Nest to take his Kanye Rest. He wakes up feeling his Kanye Best. Then he’ll get Kanye Dressed on his Kanye Vest to go on a Kanye Quest. He goes to church and becomes Kanye Blessed, then to a hotel room to be a Kanye Guest. Then to school to take his Kanye Test. He forgot to brush his teeth. Did he run out of Kanye Crest? His neighbor stole it, what a Kanye Pest

  10. I welcome Ari’s rap references as a break from information and a chance to think of other things.

  11. It’s Ari’s quirky rap quotes that speak to a different level and humanizes the show. Keep it going. It ain’t just fo showing.

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