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

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  • Published: 15 August 2019
  • When James Corden recaps his experience seeing the upcoming documentary "Hitsville: The Making of Motown," he admits that although the film is great, he prefers the soulful hits of today's artists. But when the legend Smokey Robinson shows up to challenge that idea, the two settle the debate with an old fashioned riff-off, thanks to a little help from The Filharmonic. Smokey performs his classic "Cruisin" and The Temptations "Get Ready," while James sings Bruno Mars "Finesse" and Lizzo's "Juice," before the two duet "My Girl."

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  • iam aaron
    iam aaron  8 hours back

    Rip James, I've always loved you 🤣🤣🤣

    • Bleu Essence
      Bleu Essence  19 hours back

      Smokey sings so effortlessly

      • Adrian Torres
        Adrian Torres  1 days back

        Both of these guys are corny it’s hard to watch especially the fat man

        • Cheyenne Severson
          Cheyenne Severson  2 days back

          Even though im 22 i grew up listenin to motown and smokey robinson and its amazing

          • laminage
            laminage  2 days back

            In England, him, The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Isley brothers are still revered not to mention Boyz To Men. Who's Loving You is now one of the most popular Audition Songs in The UK on The X Factor. Alot of aspiring Groups say that Boyz To Men influenced them and when they serenaded a Morning Chat Show Host Angela Griffin the poor woman almost lost it. Cruisin as you know was inspired by Groovin by The Young Rascals and The Young Rascals did their version of Mickey's Monkey. In 2002 Nicola Roberts auditioned to be in an up and coming Girl Group called Girls Aloud and it would be the most successful Group to come out of Reality TV. Smokey Robinson should get a Emmy Award next year for outstanding Performance in a TV Special.

            • Samantha Shelton
              Samantha Shelton  3 days back

              I love it when we're crusin together.

              • Jack Smith
                Jack Smith  5 days back

                NOBODY beats SMOKEY!!

                • Dayz Ahead
                  Dayz Ahead  6 days back

                  Is it me or does Smokey look at Gordon like a snack when he’s up close in his face like that?? Like bruh, back up 😂

                  • Seán Hassett
                    Seán Hassett  1 weeks back

                    So far, I have watched Hitsville about two and a half times. I'll be watching it some more.

                    • Max City
                      Max City  1 weeks back

                      The crowd singing loudly says it all -- It must be an incredible feeling for Smokey to hear people singing his songs OVER 50 YEARS after he wrote them!

                      • Jeremiah Tauti
                        Jeremiah Tauti  1 weeks back

                        Corden is the King of Late Night, his authenticity is the KEY. Great show! SMOKEY is a LEGEND>

                        • Cleveland Anthony Jr
                          Cleveland Anthony Jr  1 weeks back

                          James can sing a little.

                          • Tara Greene
                            Tara Greene  1 weeks back

                            James is a very good singer but SMOKEY smoked him, OMG how does Smokey look and sound so great at 80? He's my hero.

                            • Gertrude Buck
                              Gertrude Buck  1 weeks back

                              Talkin’ bout KNOCKING HIM Out Of The BOX! 📦📦📦

                              • Gertrude Buck
                                Gertrude Buck  1 weeks back

                                The Funk Brothers Band was The Best! They Had There Very Own Gift! 🎁🎁🎊🎊🎉🎉

                                • Denham Haqq El
                                  Denham Haqq El  2 weeks back

                                  There is no modern soul music today..that "new" stuff is r&b, pop mixed with a little rap...

                                  • Hayes Moses
                                    Hayes Moses  2 weeks back

                                    Lauryn Hill!

                                    • Donna McDonald
                                      Donna McDonald  2 weeks back

                                      That Motown legend.

                                      • Alisa Johns
                                        Alisa Johns  2 weeks back

                                        🤩 he looks good for his age

                                        • Stephon Purvez
                                          Stephon Purvez  2 weeks back

                                          OK so I redoing my Playlist... Labeling it (soul good)... ✌️ 😂

                                          • KD 161
                                            KD 161  2 weeks back

                                            Greatest of all time and I don’t care what anyone else says I love my boy Smokey 💯 since I was 12 yrs old and I’m 45

                                            • David Taylor
                                              David Taylor  2 weeks back

                                              The Legend that is Smokey

                                              • miss_ Lumzden
                                                miss_ Lumzden  2 weeks back

                                                He lost the moment Smokey started signing Cruisin.

                                                • InkedLoisLane
                                                  InkedLoisLane  3 weeks back

                                                  SMOKEY! Untouchable. When music actually meant something. You've really gotta hold on me 🎶

                                                  • Kools Anthony
                                                    Kools Anthony  3 weeks back

                                                    Going up against Smokey, James? Come son! They don't call him Smokey for nothin! 😆

                                                    • MaeKae
                                                      MaeKae  3 weeks back

                                                      SMOKEY won this one! "Where there is SMOKE, there is fire!". I ❤️ me some SMOKEY! That man could sing🎵🎤🎶, "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and make it a hit. I met him in 2005. It was a life long dream come true! Don't tamper with Greatness and with a living legend!

                                                      • imserious2187
                                                        imserious2187  3 weeks back

                                                        Bruh i know Smokey had all the hoes back in his day

                                                        • Tammy J
                                                          Tammy J  3 weeks back

                                                          I always smile ear to ear while watching these videos. ♥️

                                                          • ISABELLA GALLEGOS
                                                            ISABELLA GALLEGOS  3 weeks back

                                                            You go smoky I love you always your number one

                                                            • OMSTV
                                                              OMSTV  3 weeks back

                                                              This would've been better if this was Smokey vs an ACTUAL modern day soul/R&B artist.....not him! Lol

                                                              • DisneyGirl Christian
                                                                DisneyGirl Christian  3 weeks back

                                                                James — your ship sailed. Yuck!

                                                                • DisneyGirl Christian
                                                                  DisneyGirl Christian  3 weeks back

                                                                  Sit down James.

                                                                  • DisneyGirl Christian
                                                                    DisneyGirl Christian  3 weeks back

                                                                    You go Smokey!!

                                                                    • Kralik Vikka
                                                                      Kralik Vikka  3 weeks back

                                                                      I mean.. I still don’t understand .. James should sing,like always.. he has Such a damn good voice

                                                                      • Kelly P
                                                                        Kelly P  3 weeks back

                                                                        Damn, Smoky still sounds amazing!!!

                                                                        • Die Zexyy Bear
                                                                          Die Zexyy Bear  3 weeks back

                                                                          you cant beat my girl...

                                                                          • LimeLightDim
                                                                            LimeLightDim  3 weeks back

                                                                            Not only an ageless talent, but a man with an attitude and sense of humor. Amazing!

                                                                            • juma hamis
                                                                              juma hamis  3 weeks back

                                                                              Why there is no movie about Smokey Robinson yet?

                                                                              • happy expat
                                                                                happy expat  3 weeks back

                                                                                darn my man smoke is still gorgeous

                                                                                • Jamedra A
                                                                                  Jamedra A  3 weeks back

                                                                                  "Drippin in finesse, ooh it don't make no sense..." no, it doesn't. Subpar lyrics.

                                                                                  • LA Hopkins
                                                                                    LA Hopkins  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Tear his ace up Smokey!

                                                                                    • LaKeisha Perkins
                                                                                      LaKeisha Perkins  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Um, when is Smokey Robinson gonna AGE???!!!!

                                                                                      • jacob bey
                                                                                        jacob bey  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Smokey has a studio voice for real!

                                                                                        • vangoghmatisse1
                                                                                          vangoghmatisse1  3 weeks back

                                                                                          LOVE SMOKEY ROBINSON! THE GREATEST EVER.

                                                                                          • Auto Young
                                                                                            Auto Young  4 weeks back

                                                                                            For those of you saying those were two of The Temptations songs; Smokey wrote them...

                                                                                            • Y Not
                                                                                              Y Not  4 weeks back

                                                                                              Todays music artists only wishes to become a timeless gift of legendary poetry from yesterday's book of historical geniuses, whom sang from their hearts and had a Soul.👌

                                                                                              • B squared
                                                                                                B squared  4 weeks back

                                                                                                just love this

                                                                                                • Keita Hentleigh
                                                                                                  Keita Hentleigh  4 weeks back

                                                                                                  ...✋Smack yourself again, James!... " Cruise" has knocked many a singer out the box...😁... #Smokeysvoiceisfineaswine...