News: Drake Takes Blame For 'YOLO' Craze, Impersonates Lil Wayne, Jay Z, 2 Chainz & More On "SNL" [Video]
Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 9:13AM
Young Money's Drake came through for his highly-anticipated "Saturday Night Live" hosting spot last night (January 18) leaving fans in chuckles with a slew of funny sketches.
During Drizzy's opening segment, he showed off some impressive acting chops by impersonating rap's biggest stars including mentor Lil Wayne.
During his opening monologue, Drake apologized for unleashing "YOLO" upon the world, before staging a re-enactment of his Bar Mitzvah. It featured him rapping about being both black and Jewish. He impersonated Lil Wayne (as Steve Urkel on "Family Matters") and Jay-Z (as a guest on "Mr. Wizard") during a sketch about hip-hop stars being on unlikely TV shows before they were famous. (That sketch also featured Kenan Thompson as Rick Ross as the red Teletubby, an image that shall remain imprinted upon my mind forever and ever.) (Pitchfork)
Outside of hip-hop, Drake's funny segments also included him in various bizarre situations.
Drake also impersonated Alex Rodriguez during the cold open and Katt Williams during a sketch about legalized marijuana in Colorado. And he did a rap about breaking new years' resolutions in which he dressed as a wizard doing Cosplay with Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah. He also played a guy working at the Indiana Jones ride at Disney World, a dad at slumber party getting hit on by Aidy Bryant, a kid in detention delivering a poem about how he loves older women, and a news anchor on the fake morning show "Morning Miami". (Pitchfork)
Despite the laughs, some "SNL" critics did not fully embrace the season's premiere.
Given that it is the first show of the year, you would think that "Saturday Night Live" would come out with a bang. However, that is only rarely the case. Last year, the Jennifer Lawrence hosting gig was mostly just interesting because she's a big star; before that, the Charles Barkley gig was most just interesting because it came after football and a ton of people watched it. Tonight, we had Drake starting off the year, and he was decent ... but not exactly a revelation. While he did a good bit with his material given to him, we didn't really see the material go too far down a particularly brave road. His duties mostly included rapping / making fun of other famous people. (Carter Matt)
Aside from the sketches, Drake also promoted his Nothing Was the Same solo album with some performances.
For his first musical performance, Drake performed a mash-up of "Started From the Bottom" and recent single "Trophies." For his second, he teamed with singer/girlfriend Jhene Aiko to perform "Hold On, We're Going Home" and "From Time." (Consequence of Sound)
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Check out a portion of Drake's "SNL" appearance: