Drake Wants To See YOU In-Person, Rap Mogul Defends Dennis Rodman, Best Baby Prank Of All-Time?

Worked Up Wednesday. It’s a day of putting in work, so why not start things off with Drake wanting you to see him in-person? As popular as Drake but for all of the wrong reasons, former NBA champion Dennis Rodman has received some unlikely support from a rap mogul. If that’s too hard to believe, you’ll never believe how scary a baby in a stroller can be. All this coming up in SOHH Whatcha Think.

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1. Thank Me Later

How big of a Drake fan are you? You can really prove your loyalty to Drizzy and have a chance to see him perform on “Saturday Night Live” in-person this coming up weekend. Charitybuzz is giving everyone the shot they want:

On January 18, Saturday Night Live will return from its winter hiatus with a new episode featuring Drake as both host and musical guest. The hip-hop favorite will join Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars as part of the short but growing list of musicians who have done double-duty on the comedy sketch show. To make the night even more extraordinary, Drake has partnered with global charity auction site Charitybuzz to auction off the chance for two lucky fans to watch his performance live from the studio audience with a pair of tickets to the season premiere. The Canadian rapper will bring down the house with live performances of songs off his latest album Nothing Was The Same, featuring the hit single “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”

Bidding is open now, but fans better act fast. Bids can be placed at https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/466300 through Jan 16, just two days before the episode films, with proceeds benefiting the Dominic M. Aguilar Special Needs Trust. The foundation was set up to support 12-month-old Dominic Aguilar as he battles a rare brain condition which slows down his development, called bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria.

Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning thousands of incredible experiences spanning the best of pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $100 million for charity by giving bidders the chance to live their dreams and make a difference. (Charity Buzz)

Drake is passing out Jordans and other goodies at his events, so putting up a big bid may be worth it to see him on “Saturday Night Live.” How much are you willing to bid for Drizzy? #SOHHWhatchaThink?

2. Double Dragon

Is Dennis Rodman in need of help from the hip-hop community? Probably not but it couldn’t hurt since he is being slammed on a daily basis for having connections to political leaders in North Korea. HuffPost has the inside on a rap mogul standing behind Rodman:

Dennis Rodman recently caused a media storm when he told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the American missionary Kenneth Bae was rightly detained by the North Korean government. Speaking to HuffPost Live, Simmons said that “when they ask [Rodman] about politics, it’s over his head.” Simmons added that the U.S. government’s explanation for detained Americans, like Bae, were often smoke-screens for covert activity.

Simmons: “Lots of times Americans are kidnapped or held in other countries and we have examples of this — and they say, ‘oh the priest is in prison, and we should get him out,’ and then we find out he’s a CIA agent. We can’t always think that just because it comes out of the mouths of our politicians that it’s true … Y’know, our government is for sale. If you think about the way our country works, every elected official is up for legal bribery.”

Simmons, who was promoting NYC’s fourth-annual Peace Week, added that he agreed with Rodman, stating that his actions might actually help thaw frosty relations between the U.S. and North Korea. “Its important that we continue to have a connection to our neighbor,” Simmons said. (HuffPost)

Do you agree with Simmons’ comments? Is Rodman answering questions he’s clearly not qualified for? #SOHHWhatchaThink?

3. Be Kind, Rewind

This may quite possibly be one of the funniest prank videos of the year. It’s rare people get scared or fooled but something about a demented baby with scary facial expressions going through New York City really shook everyone up. Complex is on it:

If you hear a crying baby in an abandoned crib, you would stop to help, right? We hope so.

But what if that crib came rolling toward you on its own? Would you still check, or would you begin to think that it was the start to a horror movie? You’d probably be smart to think the latter, at least recently in NYC. As a promotion for the new movie Devil’s Due, Thinkmodo built a robotic baby to scare people while riding around in a remote controlled stroller. “People were totally cool with being in the video after getting the living hell scared out of them,” said Thinkmodo founder Michael Krivicka. “Each reaction ended with a laugh, and everyone loved the look of the baby.” (Complex)

Would you have been able to keep your composure? Did anyone catch the one guy who did not even flinch? Was this good or absolutely great promotion for the new Devil’s Due movie? #SOHHWhatchaThink?

That about wraps it up for today. This is SOHH On The Spot giving you the morning scoop from your favorite gossip sites.

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