Smokey Robinson defended classic soul against James Corden on “The Late Late Show”.
The Lifetime Achievement Grammy winner went face to face — literally — with Corden on the latter’s late-night show. Corden argued that new soul is better than classic soul. This led to a good ol’ fashion “riff-off”.
“I’m talking like Usher, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill,” Corden said. “I feel like new songs have better sound.”
Robinson argued, “Well, you know, classic soul music is my thing, man… How about we settle this right here, right now?”
The Filharmonic made a special guest appearance to back both Robinson and Corden. Robinson stated his claim by singing his own song “Cruisin” and a rendition of the Temptations’ “Get Ready”.
Corden hit back with covers of Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” and Lizzo’s “Juice”. Finally, the two parties came together for a duet of “My Girl”.
Robinson dropped by “The Late Late Show” to promote a new documentary titled, “Hitsville: The Making of Motown”. The film tells the story of Motown Records and features Robinson, John Legend, Berry Gordy, and Dr. Dre. It premieres on August 24.