On Wednesday (May 20), David Letterman is set to close the curtains on a storied career in late night television.
The host, who began the gig in 1993, will be leaving his seat on "Late Show” empty for Stephen Colbert. But before Letterman leaves, we decided to reflect on the legendary late night staple to thank him for the many rap-related moments he helped deliver.
From the funny moments -- like Eminem advising children or Diddy tutoring sexters -- to the more serious -- like J. Cole and Run The Jewels delivering moving performances about police brutality -- these are some epic rap moments we're all grateful for.
Eminem Advises Children
His number one piece of advice? “Don’t waste your time watching this show.”
Jay Z Deftly Dodges Beyonce Questions
Meet Dave-Z and watch Jay call him out on being “sneaky.”
Hilarious Kanye West And Jay Z Story Told By Aziz Ansari
“You’re crazy for this one, Jay! Hov!”
J. Cole’s ‘Be Free’ Moment
Cole left Letterman nearly speechless with a "beautiful" emotional performance.
Will Smith Gets 'Jiggy'
"Gotta get jiggy with it. That's it."
Action Bronson And Chance The Rapper Perform 'Baby Blue'
These two obviously had fun with this one.
Tyler, The Creator And Letterman Take A Selfie
Tyler and Letterman are basically besties.
Diddy Singing The Meow Song
Diddy’s one of the coolest cats in music, but this through us for a loop.
Run DMC Bring Christmas Spirit From Hollis
Just great seeing Paul Shaffer and the CBS band with hip-hop icons.
Run The Jewels Highlight Police Brutality
Killer Mike and El-P drop a powerful performance of “Early.”
Busta Rhymes Takes Over Letterman Stage
Flip Mode Squad in the house. Busta, Rah Digga and Spliff Star connected.
Snoop Dogg Being Cool On Letterman
Just Snoop being Snoop with some help from Letterman.
Diddy Explains The ‘Art’ Of ‘Sexting’
Puff had some advice for sexters.
Beastie Boys Get Creative
This wasn’t just a performance of "Ch-Check It Out." This was a music video of a showcase. Incredible.
Atmosphere Promote Barack Obama On Letterman
Letterman wasn’t scared to book underground rap mainstays. Atmosphere (who brought P.O.S. along) are just one example.
Joaquin Phoenix Apologizes For Faking Rap Career
Phoenix had to apologize after lying about his rap life.
A$AP Rocky Sits on His Throne
And he gets "Wild for the Night."
Drake Has A 'Good Time' With Letterman
And nearly knocks Dave over accidentally.
Jay Z and Mary J. Blige Prove You 'Can't Knock The Hustle'
They had the "U.S. Open" on that stage.