At this point I’m sure everyone has heard the news that late night host David Letterman has announced his retirement. Marvel Comics has already launched a campaign for their list of comic book characters that would make for strong replacement candidates. It’s only an entertaining fantasy as we all know, none of these fictitious characters are in line for the job, but never the less I have a more realistic approach.
Why don’t we bring something new and fresh to late night television? It will never happen but one can dream. Just what if we could spice things up a bit?
The question is what if the new host of late night was someone from the hip-hop community. Someone who would attract a younger audience and bring a vibe like never before. If a rapper was to get this job who would fit the bill?
I asked the question and now I’ll give my short list. Here is my list of MCs that would make great late night host candidates.
Well qualified is the Atlanta born MC that got his start as a radio personality under the name Chris Lover Lover. Not a bad bullet point for his resume. He has strong acting background and a personality that lights ups the room. He’s been known to crack a joke or two and we all know that the late night host must possess a strong sense of humor. He defiantly ranks high on our list of candidates.
- Snoop Dogg
With his record sales fading and popularity not what it once was, the legendary Snoop Dogg is still a household name. True the studio might be foggy and filled with smoke and this may turn away some anti marijuana viewers, but I figure we’re heading in the direction of legalizing it so why not. Everyone knows his familiar face and lingo. He’s sure to bring a charisma that will make young America tune in.
- T.I. (Tip Harris)
Another Atlanta-based MC with a strong resume and acting background. If you’ve never seen a T.I. interview, I suggest you watch one. His personality always steals the moment and he’s very comfortable in front of a camera. How could you not at least consider T.I. for the job?
I had to throw a female MC in the mix and though EVE isn’t as relevant as she once was you can’t deny her charm and resume. She spent time starring in her own sitcom and it’s sounds like the perfect time to start a new chapter in career.
- Ghostface Killah
This Wu-tang original may not have the comedy and acting background that the other candidates possess but his character is unmatched. If you’ve never listened to a Ghostface album in its entirety or seen one of his extended interviews you may be scratching your head at my choice. The quality that I look forward to is the fact that the audience will die from laughter and I don’t think Ghost will think it’s funny. I have the feeling that Ghostface is serious about his words of wisdom even though most of time he makes no sense to his listeners.
I would love to see Eminem get the job and we all know his sense of humor and charisma, but lets be honest that’s a lot curse words to bleep out. His unpredictability could be a problem for primetime television. I can only imagine his interview for the job. When asked if he could watch his mouth on air he replied with “What? Take my f$c#in% eyeballs out and turn them around”. It’s probably not going to work.
- Kanye West
I’m certain he wants the job more than any other candidate, but no network wants to be at risk for Kanye moment. I can only imagine the lawsuits and controversy he would bring to the network when he gets the urge to speak his mind. With that said I’m sure ratings would be through the roof. We would have to tune in because no one ever knows when Kanye is going to snap and give us a surprise.
Now let’s be honest with our selves no rapper is going to take over for David Letterman but it’s always fun to dream.