Letitia Wright might not be known for her freestyle rap skills, but she made a very valiant effort on a recent episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The actor, who plays Shuri, princess of Wakanda and sister to the Black Panther in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, was challenged to freestyle in a segment called Wheel of Freestlye. The segment gives participants three random prompts to work into their rap. Of course, one of the words Wright randomly drew was “Vibranium.”
Vibranium is an incredibly important material in Black Panther, as its presence in Wakanda allowed the African nation to become the technologically advanced, secretive country seen in the film. It is also apparently extremely difficult to mix into an off the cuff rap.
This is not Wright’s first time freestyling, though. The existence of her rapper alter ego, MC Baby Underbite, became a thing of common knowledge during the filming of Black Panther, when Lupita Nyong'o posted a video of Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett and Danai Gurira enjoying a freestyle session while on break. It turns out that Wright has a pretty decent flow when she is not being forced to work in prompts like “disco” and “Red Lobster” into her raps.
Part 1 / The birth of MC Baby Underbite. @LetitiaWright featuring @Winston_Duke, @ImAngelaBassett & @DanaiGurira. Name inspired by this dope costume by @IAmRuthECarter. #BlackPanther #BTS pic.twitter.com/XsbdE1flKq— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 23, 2018
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. Still in theaters worldwide, the film arrives Mays 8 for digital and 4K UHD release, and May 15 on Blu-ray and DVD.