If having a sense of humor about yourself is seen as a great quality to possess, then Drake’s cup runneth over.
The Canadian rapper hosted “Saturday Night Live” to promote his latest album, “Views,” which dropped two weeks ago and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Drake’s self-mocking performance kicked off right from the beginning with a musical monologue that poked fun at the plethora of memes surrounding him, including the infamous “Hotline Bling” tennis GIF.
The self-deprecating trend continued with a “Black Jeopardy” sketch. Drake played a black man from Canada who couldn’t keep up with the American contestants. His answer for the obviously Eddie Murphy-pegged “Oh snap! This comedian was crazy in the ’80s with his raw and delirious routines,” was Rick Moranis. And of course they couldn’t get away without a dig at the Toronto-born musician himself: “No good rap comes from Canada.”
But Drake’s best bit came from his own seeming inability to let a good rap beef go. Known for his ongoing feud with rapper Meek Mill, Drake started tiffs with all of his fellow “SNL” cast members to the tune of his Meek-targeted track, “Back to Back.”
The pre-taped sketch saw the rapper become easily offended by the smallest disses: Leslie Jones accidentally ignoring him in the hallway (“Is it something I said? / ‘Cause if not then that’s wack / Most people I know / They would’ve said ‘hi’ back!”); Aidy Bryant asking “anybody using this chair?” before moving Drake’s hat so she could sit down (“Actually I was, you b— / it was for my hat / But you took it from me / Now we never going back”); and “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels saying Drake was doing a great job (“Good job, that’s it? / I’m doing great, you b—!”)
But of course, it would not be a great rap-centric episode without Jay Pharoah pulling out his arsenal of MC impressions, including Drake himself (which the chagrined rapper admitted was pretty good).
Perhaps next time that “Saturday Night Live” wants a rapping host, they can just let Pharoah go crazy and get Jay Z, 50 Cent, T.I., DMX, Lil Wayne, Will Smith, Nicki Minaj and Drizzy all for the price of one.
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