Daniel Radcliffe on Blackalicious rap: ‘It was hands down one of the coolest things I’ve ever done’

Actor is adamant that TV appearance is not the start of a music career

Daniel Radcliffe has said that his rendition of Blackalicious’ ‘Alphabet Aerobics’ is “one of the coolest things” he has ever done but remains adamant that he is not about to start a career as a rapper.

Footage of Radcliffe performing the 1999 track during an appearance on The Tonight Show earlier this week has gone viral. In a new interview with Screen Crush, Radcliffe explains how the performance came to happen.

“Basically, it was one of those things, months ago, I did an interview and it was like, ‘Tell us something we don’t know about you.’ And, honestly, I’ve been doing interviews for a long time and those questions are a struggle. I don’t know what you don’t know! So, you want to come up with something that’s weird and interesting, but also not very personal. So, I was like, ‘I know how to do the ‘Alphabet Aerobics’

“So, a couple of months later, [the producer] who books me on Fallon just said, ‘Would you do it with the Roots?’ You know, when someone offers you that opportunity, you don’t turn it down! That’s the thing, it was just awesome. They were amazing. It was hands down one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.”

“I would also like to say, this is not the beginning of a different career. I’ll probably be good to go on the record saying that early on. It’s a cool thing I got to do. As I said, when you’re given the opportunity to do something that cool, there’s obviously a part of you that’s nervous. Particularly when Questlove came back into the dressing room after rehearsal and told me that he produced their second album and I was like, ‘Oh, really?’ Because I might not have been so bold as to agree to it had I known that. But, as I said, when you get an opportunity to do something with that group, it’s not something you pass up.”

Radcliffe will next appear on screen in the fantasy thriller Horns. The Alexandre Aja directed shocker is in cinemas now.