James Corden Raps Insane 'Hamilton' Lyric for Katie Couric, Impresses Show Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda


What’s your name, man?! It turns out, Hamilton, the hit Broadway musical about one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, has a major fan in British late night host James Corden. The Tony-winning Late Late Show standout has referenced the box office smash several times in his 10 months on the air. 

In a new interview with Katie Couric for Yahoo, Corden showed off his rap skills by singing one of the show’s most challenging lyrics, from the song “Guns and Ships.”

“Lafayette! I’m takin’ this horse by the reins making Red Coats redder with blood stains,” Corden raps. “Lafayette! And I’m never gonna stop until I make ‘em drop and scatter their remains/I’m Lafayette! Watch me engagin’ ‘em/Escapin’ ‘em/Enragin’ ‘em/I go to France for more funds/I come back with more guns.” 

Couric shared the clip on Twitter, tagging Hamilton creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

“.@Lin_Manuel, I think @JKCorden is ready to join the cast of @HamiltonMusical!” Couric wrote. 

Miranda, who recently won his first GRAMMY Award for the Hamilton cast album, replied, “Well damn! Nicely done!” 

Earlier this month, Corden challenged his Late Late Show guest Rosie O’Donnell to rap the entire first verse of the opening number, “Alexander Hamilton.” 

The pair did so together, making it through the tricky lyrics.  

“When I saw the show – I’ve only seen it the one time – but I felt, when they were bowing, I felt, ‘No, no, we should be bowing to them,’” Corden said of the Broadway cast. 

Following their GRAMMY win and live telecast performance, the Hamilton cast celebrated with ET. Miranda noted, “Honestly, the real win tonight is that best cast album was on primetime at the GRAMMY Awards. We are not often at the cool kids’ table, and it’s really exciting that Broadway music and theater music is being recognized in the same league as all of these other artists.”