What Does Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino's "Favorite Song" + 'Lord Of The Rings' Have In Common? Stephen Colbert Expertly Explains

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August 31, 2018
February 18, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chance The Rapper at the 2018 NBA All Star Game at Staples Center. Gambino (Donald Glover) at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden. Stephen Colbert performs at the 69th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Th

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Remember when Chance The Rapper and Childish Gambino's "Favorite Song" came out in 2013? Did a particular part ever get stuck in your head? Well, for late-night host Stephen Colbert, it most certainly did.

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So much so that it stayed embedded in Colbert's noggin' until he finally figured out what it reminded him of.

In this recent profiling-interview with our friends at Rolling Stone, Stephen Colbert expertly explains how "Favorite Song" and Lord Of The Rings are related and much, much more. He even discusses which rhyme scheme is used -- a scheme that dates back many years.

Chance's verse...

"Dang, dang, dang - skeet, skeet, skeet
do that thing for three retweets
The album 
feel like '92
Now take that ball 'fore he three-peat
Chance, ho, acid, cruising on that LSD
Asked Joseph about my deal
He looked back 
said "hell yeah, let's eat!"

...and the Song of Eärendil from LOTR...

"Eärendil was a mariner
that tarried in Arvernien;
he built a boat of timber felled
in Nimbrethil to journey in;
her sails he wove of silver fair,
of silver were her lanterns made,
her prow was fashioned like a swan,
and light upon her banners laid."

...uses the exact same rhyme scheme.

Watch Colbert explain the very rare rhyme scheme employed by Chance, Childish, Lord of the Rings, and more:

Read the full Rolling Stone profile on Stephen Colbert.