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Riff-Off w/ Smokey Robinson – Classic Soul v. Modern Soul

September 8, 2019


I TELL YOU, I HAD A GREAT NIGHT
LAST NIGHT, REG, IT WAS REALLY INKREBLED. I WAS LUCKYñr ENOUGH, I WENT TO
PRIVATE SCREENING OF THIS INCREDIBLE NEW DOCUMENTARY
CALLED HITSVILLE, HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT, THIS DIRECTED BY
THE– ABOUT THE MAKING OF MOTOWN, BERRY GORDY, SMOKEY
ROBINSON, HOW THEY CREATED THAT MOTOWN SOUND, ALL OF THE HITS
RIGHT THERE IN A LITTLE HOUSE IN DETROIT IT IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH
YOUR TIME T AIRS NEXT SATURDAY ON SHOWTIME, AND IT IS
BRILLIANTLY DIRECTED, BRILLIANLY MADE BUT IT COT ME THINKING,
OKAYS AND I KNOW THIS WILL BE AN UP POPULAR OPINION WHEN IT COMES
TOÑi MOTOWN AND SOUL MUSIC BUT, I’M WATCHING THE SHOW, ALL THESE
HITS, ALL THESE INCREDIBLE BANDS AND Iñr WAS LIKE AS FAR AS SOUL
MUSIC GOES, I PREFER THE NEW STUFF, YEAH, I NO, I KNOW, BUT I
DO. I’M TALKING LIKE USHER, BRUNO
MARS, ALECIA KEYS, LAURYN HILL, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, I FEEL
LIKE NEW SOUL.>>HEY,ó[■çóçó JORDEN. (CHEERS AND
>>James: RIGHT, SMOKEY (CHEERS AND
>>James: RIGHT, SMOKEY ROBINSON, EVERYBODY. SMOKEY KSH– SMOKEY WHAT ARE YOU
DOING HERE?>>WELL, I HEARD YOU’VEÑiÑi BEEN
TELLING PEOPLE THAT MODERNÑi SOU MUSIC IS BETTER THANñr CLASSIC
SOUL MUSIC.>>James:Ñ
>>WELL, YOU KNOW, CLASSIC SOUL MUSIC IS MY THING, MAN.>>James: I KNOW, ARE YOU
SMEKY ROBINSON, ARE YOU A LIVING LEGEND. (APPLAUSE)
BUT MODERN SOUL IS JUST BETTER IT IS A FACT.>>WELL, HOW ABOUT WE SETTLE
THIS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW?>>James: IF I’M HEARING THIS
RIGHT, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU’RE CHALLENGING ME TO A CLASSIC SOUL
VERSUS MODERN SOUL RIFF-OFF. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS… BUT IT’S EXACTLY WHAT
I’M DOING.>>James: WELL, THAT’S LUCKY,
BECAUSE I ACTUALLY KEEP AN A CAPELLA GROUP AROUND THE
OFFICE FOR THIS EXACT REASON. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE
FILHARMONIC! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪ OKAY, SMOKEY. I’LL DO THIS. SMOKEY.xúñ>I’M POSITIVE.>>I WILL BE HONEST, I FELL MORE
CONFIDENT WHEN I WAS OVER THERE. BUT GET READY.>>OH, I’M READY.>>James: YOU READY, YOU
READY.>>I WAS BORN READY.>>James: YOU TRYING TO SHAKE
IT, YOU WANT TO MAKE ME MAD.>>LET’S SEE.>>James: FINE, FINE, FINE,
LET’S GO. ♪ OOH
DON’T WE LOOK GOOD TOGETHER? ♪ THERE’S A REASON WHY THEY
WATCH ALL NIGHT LONG ♪ YEAH
KNOW WE’LL TURN HEADS FOREVER ♪ SO TONIGHT
I’M GONNA ♪ SHOW YOU OFF
WE OUT HERE DRIPPIN’ IN FINESSE ♪ IT DON’T MAKE NO SENSE
OUT HERE DRIPPIN’ IN FINESSE ♪ YOU KNOW IT, YOU KNOW IT
WE OUT HERE DRIPPIN’ IN FINESSE ♪ IT DON’T MAKE NO SENSE
OUT HERE DRIPPIN’ IN FINESSE ♪ YOU KNOW IT, YOU KNOW IT ♪
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ♪ I NEVER MET A GIRL
WHO MAKES ME FEEL ♪ THE WAY THAT YOU DO
YOU’RE ALL RIGHT. WHENEVER I’M ASKED
♪ WHO MAKES MY DREAMS REAL I SAY THAT YOU DO
YOU’RE OUTTA SIGHT ♪ SO FEE-FI-FO-FUM
LOOK OUT, BABY ♪USE HERE I COME
AND I’M BRINGING YOU A LOVE ♪ THAT’S TRUE
SO GET READY ♪ SO GET READY
I’M GONNA TRY TO MAKE YOU ♪ LOVE ME TOO
SO GET READY ♪ SO GET READY
‘CAUSE HERE I COME ♪ ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>WOW. I DON’T KNOW, JAMES. SEEMS LIKE YOU WEREN’T READY.>>James: ( LAUGHS )
OKAY, OKAY, YOU WORRY ABOUT THE SMOKEY, AND YOU LET ME WORRY
ABOUT THE JOKEY.>>WHAT THE ( BLEEP ) ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT? ( LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE )
>>James: I’M JUST SAYING, IT’S TIME TO BRING IT UP A NOTCH. GUYS, HIT IT. ♪ MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
DON’T SAY IT ‘iCAUSE I KNOW I’M CUTE
♪ LOUIS DOWN TO MY DRAWERS L-V ALL ON MY SHOES
♪ IF I’M SHININ’ EVERYBODY GONNA SHINE
♪ I WAS BORN LIKE THIS DON’T EVEN GOTTA TRY
♪ IT AIN’T MY FAULT THAT I’M OUT HERE GETTIN’ LOOSE
♪ GOTTA BLAME IT ON THE GOOSE GOTTA BLAME IT ON MY JUICE
♪ YA-YA-EE, YA-YA-EE YA-YA-EE, YA-YA-EE
♪ BLAME IT ON MY JUICE BLAME IT, BLAME IT
♪ ON MY JUICE, BABY ♪ ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ BABY, LET’S CRUISE AWAY FROM HERE
♪ DON’T BE CONFUSED THE WAY IS CLEAR
♪ YOU’RE GONNA FLY AWAY GLAD YOU’RE GOIN’ MY WAY
♪ I LOVE IT WHEN WE’RE CRUISIN’ TOGETHER
♪ THE MUSIC IS PLAYED FOR LOVE CRUISIN’ IS MADE FOR LOVE
♪ I LOVE IT WHEN WE’RE CRUISIN’ TOGETHER ♪
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>>James: OKAY, OKAY. OKAY. THAT WAS… INCREDIBLE. YOU WIN. FINE. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY I GOT INTO
THIS STUPID FIGHT. YOU’RE SMOKEY ROBINSON. I NEVER STOOD A CHANCE. IT’S JUST– THINKING ABOUT MUSIC
JUST MAKES ME SO HEATED. I JUST LOSE IT, YOU KNOW. I– I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO STARTS
A FIGHT WITH SOUL MUSIC WITH SMOKEY ROBIN SOCKER, I’M AN
IDIOT, I’M AN IDIOT.>>IT’S OKAY, MAN. DON’T WORRY ABOUT, IT IT’S ALL
RIGHT WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING ABOUT ANYWAY, SOUL MUSIC IS COMMUNITY,
IN FACT, LET’S SING THIS NEXT ONE TOGETHER. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).>>James: REALLY? YOU MEAN, YOU THINK THAT I COULD
SING ONE OF YOUR CLASSIC HITS WITH YOU?>>I THINK YOU COULD.>>James: THEN LET’S DO IT.>>LET’S DO IT. ONE, TWO,
♪ I’VE GOT SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY
♪ WHEN IT’S COLD OUTSIDE I’VE GOT THE MONTH OF MAY
♪ WELL, I GUESS YOU’D SAY WHAT CAN MAKE ME FEEL THIS WAY? ♪ MY GIRL
♪ MY GIRL ♪ MY GIRL
TALKIN’ ‘BOUT ♪ MY GIRL ♪
>>James: THE ONE AND ONLY SMOKEY ROBINSON, EVERYBODY! YOU CAN CATCH HIM AT THE WYNN IN
LAS VEGAS ON SEPTEMBER 18, 20, AND 21. AND “HITSVILLE: THE MAKING OF
MOTOWN” PREMIERES ON SHOWTIME NEXT SATURDAY, AT 9:00 P.M.!
COME ON BACK EVERYBODY.

100 Comments

  • Reply Michelle Talley August 24, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Smokey Robinson is aging backwards

  • Reply Chris Monk August 24, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Man… 79 years young.. smokey still has all the swag & soul that these new "artist" will never get close too.

  • Reply Jerry Polete August 24, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Smokey took it by far. You can’t battle a legend like that, it’s like trying to battle Micheal Jackson, you just won’t win no matter what you do. Lol

  • Reply BeautifulMusiq August 24, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Love this❤❤

    Someone could've picked out those curls at least though…🙄😂

  • Reply kimberly harris August 24, 2019 at 11:36 am

    The songs that Smokey sang are the ones HE WROTE

  • Reply Kenny Bowers August 24, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Wasn't impressed with ole Smokey , He just ain't near as good as he use to be.

  • Reply Cindalz Hudson August 24, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Smokey Robertson one of the Original OG's.. Old motown hands down🙌❤❤back when music was still worth listening to.. And is timeless maahnnn..

  • Reply Ms C Mey August 24, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    The Songs James chose were more POP, than Soul Music..
    Although Soul Music is POPular…. POP music isnt "SOUL"..

  • Reply Ms C Mey August 24, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    2 Generations from now someone will play "My Girl" at a wedding or anniversary…"Dripping in Finesse" ?? UHH not so much..
    I do like Bruno …he's not modern soul though..Anthony Hamilton is modern soul..in my opinion

  • Reply Willeenie Tecat August 24, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Smokey is baddddd! So smooth and timeless! Could romance me any day….

  • Reply Newmski August 24, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Wow! Smokey Robinson is nearly 80? No way! The guy is a genius of a songwriter and vocalist. That is why Motown stands the test of time. A lot of today's music, you won't remember in like 60 years will you?! I grew up on the Motown sound, the Solar sound (Shalamar, The Whispers, Midnight Star et all) Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang, O'Jays (Love Train is a classic) music was better back then.

  • Reply Dos Muchos August 24, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    yells out TEMPTATIONS FOREVER💯

  • Reply Jaykinz 19 August 24, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    SMOKEY!!!!!!

  • Reply Karen Lovett August 24, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    I love Smokey😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  • Reply Farris Hodo August 24, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    I wish people knew how truly great and a legend Smokey is. Motown hits including the Jackson 5 hits that shaped music today.

  • Reply Julio Delascas August 25, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Ommmggg Smokeyyyyy still got it . That voice Ommmggg

  • Reply thumper styles August 25, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Sorry baby smokey got you beat. By everything. Ain't. Nothing like old school baby making. Smoley songs

  • Reply thumper styles August 25, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Smokey. Robinson. A sex symbol in his own right yaaas big daddy

  • Reply James Brooks August 25, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Awesome❗❗❗❗

  • Reply Robin Steinfeld August 25, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Great sketch ,fantastic doc on showtime !

  • Reply Zenzi Makeba August 25, 2019 at 5:40 am

    OOOOOOO SMOKEY LOOKS SOOOOO💕 GOOD. SOUNDS SWEEEEEEETER..💞CRUISIN' IS MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE SONG…🔥🔥🔥thx.James Corden..
    VIBRANT LUV ❣️🇯🇲

  • Reply Peter Siaosi August 25, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Who the hell disliked?! GTFOH

  • Reply Bernardo Hernández August 25, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Tom Jones >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Reply Propaganda Panda August 25, 2019 at 9:14 am

    I think smokey wants to bang him the way he looking and singing to him lol

  • Reply Propaganda Panda August 25, 2019 at 9:14 am

    I think smokey wants to bang him the way he looking and singing to him lol

  • Reply Katlego Moche August 25, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Smokey is an OG DILF 😍

  • Reply Oopss7 August 25, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    GODdamn, he sounds and looks so good

  • Reply Mrskmdumas12 August 25, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    This should have been a Carpool Karaoke episode instead. Smokey can’t be challenged.

  • Reply Dj1964 August 25, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Smokey looks delicious. If he had work done, it’s not to much. He probably did have work done on his face. I want to see him in concert before it’s too late. His voice still sounds great

  • Reply Nawed Ahmed August 25, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    If they coupled my 'My Girl' with 'You've really got a hold on me', now that would've taken the ending further up a notch….

  • Reply ValentineGirl81 August 25, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    You can't out smoke Smokey!

  • Reply Gerardo Thielen August 25, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    I like this show. It’s been years since I’ve this type of show.

  • Reply Gabrielle Williams August 25, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Now you knew doggone well Smokey was going to win that!! 😂😂 What a treat! ♥

  • Reply Carlos Reyes August 26, 2019 at 1:19 am

    I remember tears of a clown when I was a kid, had it on 45 thank you Smokey for being part of my childhood music. Awesome memories growing up in the 60s and 70s. Love you!!

  • Reply Sonia Nicole August 26, 2019 at 1:42 am

    How did u figure a white group could compete with real soul

  • Reply Steven Flowers August 26, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Almost all of motown's great artists had their songs written by Smokey Robinson Smokey Robinson was the baby face before baby face became baby face

  • Reply holarc August 26, 2019 at 8:30 am

    smokey created some of the best soul and popular music ever, and still performs very well. he was very good with the opening stand-off skit here, holding his own. but i wish the idea and direction hadn't been for him to focus 'all' of his singing at and to james. been better if he focused outward parts of the time to the audience. anyway, he's a living legend, and love singing and dancing to his music.

  • Reply Yvonne Davis August 26, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    he reminds me of a guy name eugene I had a crush on when I was 14 same eye color hair skin tone hey I wonder where is eugene at now lol

  • Reply Marcie August 26, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you to Smokey for doing this show! You are top notch!!!!

  • Reply Phil Jon August 27, 2019 at 1:18 am

    This was wonderful. Smokey and James actually sound good singing together. 🙂

  • Reply Kathy Walker August 27, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Classic soul blows the new music away

  • Reply Joy Hunt August 27, 2019 at 2:51 am

    I will say James got balls but as a child of the Motown Era, Smokey kicked A$$

  • Reply Jason Titra August 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    I love James!! He is awesome!!

  • Reply sharrell August 27, 2019 at 5:21 am

    In my head i like james dont do it that mr.Smokey

  • Reply Venishaah Lee August 27, 2019 at 6:42 am

    ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ thank u for that🎶

  • Reply Sky Mackenzie August 27, 2019 at 7:35 am

    I needed this

  • Reply Johyn August 27, 2019 at 11:34 am

    living legend? more like a living corpse.

  • Reply Berna B August 27, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Legend!!!Smokey Robinson!!

  • Reply ThrowbackSoul August 27, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    When Smokey sings…

  • Reply Stephanie Duncan August 28, 2019 at 2:29 am

    🗣️no competition. The old stuff is real music. REAL SOUL MUSIC 💯💯

  • Reply Marielle Aballe August 28, 2019 at 3:03 am

    i feel weird that James is singing those song. They're not for u boi.

  • Reply R King August 28, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Wow my idol "!!!;.

  • Reply Guest Account August 28, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Why don’t you have Patti labelle on there?? Cmon now!!!!!!!!

  • Reply L K August 28, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    If SR sang Get Ready Cuz Here I Come to me, I'd need a mop, goodness gracious me oh my, that man!!!

  • Reply fredrik andersson August 28, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    James Corden is the coolest chubby guy ive seen.

  • Reply ButterFlyEnt. August 29, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Smokey make sure to rod is hair up what is performance didn't he

  • Reply Graysen Stephens August 29, 2019 at 3:26 am

    No one:

    Not a soul:

    James Corden: I CAN SING!!! LISTEN I PROMISE IM A GREAT SINGER!!!! OOOOAAHAHAOOOAHHH! HEAR THAT RIF? IM THE BEST! I WAS IN INTO THE WOOOOOODS!

  • Reply Anthony Taylor August 29, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Dam he still sounds the same

  • Reply Anthony Taylor August 29, 2019 at 8:36 am

    This man is 79 years old bro and sounding better than most young dudes now

  • Reply Kim Plummer August 29, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I've seen the documentary and it is AMAZING…To see how a song was created off of a few notes…Wow!!…Smokey and Berry are great storytellers too!!!

  • Reply Tyler Ramsey August 29, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    To everyone saying music today is bad and it was so good back in the day. You're of course living in this time so you're hearing all the songs good and bad.. You only hear the good songs from back then because the bad ones faded away

  • Reply dabesaround nstuff August 29, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    And why am i not suprised theyre all gay…

  • Reply Holly August 30, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Smokey Robinson is just so damn Smooth!

  • Reply Me Val August 30, 2019 at 7:10 am

    The BIG DOG laid it Down.. James got SCHOOLED!!

  • Reply Clarissa Chia August 30, 2019 at 8:39 am

    What a living LEGEND !!!! Probs my favourite ep ever!!!

  • Reply Don Blight August 30, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Saw him live last Friday and although it was great to finally see him live, he talked more than he sang (12 songs in 1-1/2 hours) he kept gyrating and touching himself and got uncomfortably close to one of the back-up singers who you could tell was pushing back from his face.

  • Reply Jenniffer McC August 31, 2019 at 3:42 am

    I was thinking it might be a fun “contest”… meaning- James would sing some decent stuff- but I was way wrong. James is great-love him-but-…Smokey still has it!

  • Reply quincy briley August 31, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Smokey's voice is like a quilt just taken out of the dryer.

  • Reply Zé Cabréira August 31, 2019 at 9:52 am

    The background singers are amazing too! They're Filipinos, are they not?

  • Reply Elga 5ko August 31, 2019 at 10:44 am

    ❤️⭐️

  • Reply Jordan Santos August 31, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    omg his eyes…

  • Reply Chiefs All day September 1, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Mean vocals Mr Robinson 🤙🤙🤙

  • Reply MrBlactye September 1, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Going against a legend is trouble for anyone. James is good but he don't have nothing on Smokey.

  • Reply Olagonin Chancer September 1, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    We don't need the dirty filipinos thanks.

  • Reply Chris Wainwright September 1, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Smokey still had an incredible voice and amazing soul

  • Reply MsFitness September 2, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Love it! Wish they would have broken out that Oooo baby baby cut. That would've been it!

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  • Reply Troy Arrington September 3, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Throwing shade,with respect! James is a mess!!😂

  • Reply The Vision September 3, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Isit just me, or does anyone else here the flow of Lil Dicky (Pillow talk[brain's 1st verse]) when James comes in with "If im shinning everybody got to shine" lol sorry i don't actually know what that song is… hahahaha

  • Reply Oscar Gomez September 4, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Oh Corden, you´re great but you just had no chance.

  • Reply Marcus Hiebert September 4, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    That last one is a fave

  • Reply lessen m September 4, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    His voice still amazing😍

  • Reply tt J September 4, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Omg! I LOVE me some Smokey I'm only 32 but if he wasn't married and I was in my 70s I would take him lol. Love him so much!

  • Reply alberto032973 September 4, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Classic soul will always be better than modern soul

  • Reply alberto032973 September 4, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    I seen smokey robinson in concert at oc fair he was awesome

  • Reply Tomeace Lane Tomeace’s Little Monkeys September 5, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Coolest job ever! Love it 🥰

  • Reply Mae September 5, 2019 at 4:01 am

    He's literally almost 80. Go, Smokey!

  • Reply M Gil September 5, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Smokey Robinson is the best!!! We need to see more of him!

  • Reply Tricia M. September 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve seen Smokey perform twice this year. It’s the best show I’ve ever seen. If you get the opportunity to see him you will not be disappointed.

  • Reply Jody and Matt September 5, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    James. You lost as soon as you sang Juice.

  • Reply Ronnie DiMaio September 5, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    😆😆😆 Smokey said I don't know what that means but let's do it

  • Reply Aaron Stansberry September 6, 2019 at 1:22 am

    I was lucky enough to go on stage with the greatest group of all times.4-6-93,I got to sing my girl with the temptations. Love my home boy Jackson's, but wow,temps?,priceless!

  • Reply juntao11 September 6, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Smokey look fitter than me im 30yo 🤔🤔

  • Reply riff tipton September 7, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Black don't crack. Smokey looks great!

  • Reply Genevieve Solomon September 7, 2019 at 1:42 am

    I miss Filharmonic! “Cruisin’” is one of the best songs ever.

  • Reply Dr. Darayn J. Barnes September 7, 2019 at 5:11 am

    the thing that got me is u how u gon talk about his company while he is there

  • Reply Live Life September 7, 2019 at 7:08 am

    classic soul music is 10000% times better 🙂

  • Reply 2dasimmons September 7, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Smokey Robinson is looking great for man in his 70s😍

  • Reply 2dasimmons September 7, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Poor James Corden and those high-voiced guys behind him😞

  • Reply Russ Morris September 8, 2019 at 3:53 am

    SMOKEY IS AGELESS

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