During a recent visit to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Idris Elba revealed how he managed to perform on the rappers' 2007 album. Elba basically narrowed it down to his desire.
At the time, I heard Jay about to release an album associated with the film. And I was like, I need to get on that,' the English actor enthusiastically recalled. I wrote this long poem [and] he put it to a beat. We received it back from Jay, saying, I dont like this. I f**king love it.'
Fans of the Jay-Z were surprised.
According to Billboard, American Gangster was ranked one on the US Billboard 200 chart in the first week. The album sold 425,000 copies in its first week, becoming the sixth No. 1 album in the United States. Jay-Zs eventually tied with Elvis Presleys record, becoming the artist with the second highest number of albums, behind The Beatles.
Idris Elba has been promoting his next filmBeast, which will air on August 18. Dr. Nate Samuels, a recently widowed mother, is fighting to protect his children against the dangers of the wild.Beastalso stars Sharlto Copley, Leah Jeffries, Iyana Halley, and Riley Keough.
Watch Elbas' interview with Fallon on YouTube, as well as the trailer for his next film.