In honor of the 2021’s rescheduled edition of the Summer Olympics, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon featured Fallon and his bandleader, The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, performed “This Olympics,” a song based on Florida Georgia Line’s hit Nelly collaboration “Lil Bit.” Swapping out the original’s lyrics for “It’s time to represent your country, no matter where you’re from / Waking up at 2 AM to watch a little badminton,” the pair sing in the chorus. “Get your soccer socks on, we’re playing football / Pour yourself some Wheaties, it’s time to win it all / This Olympics…,” the live audience well received the tune.
In response, via Instagram, Florida Georgia Line member Tyler Hubbard responded, “This made my day. Y’all CRUSHED it @jimmyfallon on @blackthought.” Fall 2020-released “Lil Bit” is one of many FGL collaborations with legendary rapper Nelly. Famously, their duet for a remix of their 2012-released debut single “Cruise” yielded a diamond certification, plus, the rapper joined FGL’s Hubbard and Brian Kelley on their Smooth Tour in 2017.
In other Nelly news, the hit-making pop artist has announced a fall “Lil Bit” concert series featuring Jimmie Allen. The concerts have been referred to, via a press release, as a “first-of-its-kind experience, showcasing a fusion of country, hip hop, rap, and R&B with a ’rock n’ roll’ performance on stage.” The tour is likely to precede the release of his rumored, country-inspired EP, Heartland, which Nelly has high hopes for, recently noting, “that energy that hip hop brings, and that only hip hop brings, is what’s allowing [my blend] right now.”