The newest episode of "Carpool Karaoke" with James Corden is here, and Usher's "Carpool Karaoke" is everything you never knew you needed. The entire video is just James Corden and Usher jamming to all of the songs you grinded to at middle school dances in the early 2000s.
And while I don't appreciate the middle school flashbacks that are now flooding my mind, I do appreciate Usher's general presence and silky voice. So this was a treat to behold at the end of the day. Let's all just agree that a middle school party wasn't complete until "Yeah!" came on. I once went to a Ludacris concert in college and literally everyone left after Usher performed his "Yeah!" verse. The concert wasn't over.
Anyway, in the video, Corden and Usher jam to the classics like "Yeah," "Burn," and "Caught Up," and they also stopped by Usher's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to give it a little sprucing up. Corden also impresses Usher with his falsetto — a thing that happens just about every time a new episode of "Carpool Karaoke" comes out.
In the video, Usher teaches Corden how to walk into the club with ~swag~, and Corden's best attempt at ~the swag~ is using jazz hands while walking sideways. As a theater kid, I think he's killing it and would definitely appreciate seeing jazz hands #indaclub (that I definitely go to...), but I am also aware that my likes are very niche.
Corden says, "I feel like I'm in a Broadway show," and Usher responds, "No, take the Fosse out. Take the Fosse out. Take the Fosse hands out!" Words can't describe my excitement at the fact that Usher just talked about Bob Fosse.
As Corden and Usher are cleaning up Usher's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a fan walks by and says, "Are you Usher, man? 'Cause, dammit, you look a lot like him." Corden says, "Do you think Usher would be cleaning his own star, sir?" And the fan responds, "Of course he would!" Can't deny that logic.
My favorite part of this entire video is this amazing selfie with Usher's star. It's truly a gift in this cold, dark world:
They also talk about the different pet names they have for the women in their lives. Usher, for example, likes to use "my b*tch" as a term of endearment. Corden is like, "Hey, women probably don't like that," and I'm like yeah! Then Corden reveals he calls his wife, Julia, "Bum Bums," and that's simultaneously weird and adorable.
Anyway, let's just all agree that hearing "Peace up, A-town down" come on in a bar/club/at a party is the greatest thing to happen at said bar/club/party. "Yeah!" is the jam that will never die. Usher did that. Long live the songs of the early 2000s.