The Grammy-winning rapper showed off his acting chops impersonating everyone from in-denial Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the cold open to comedian Katt Williams in a sketch about the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Drizzy put on a Yankees cap to play Jay Z, as well as some dreads to play Young Money boss Lil Wayne during a tribute to hip-hop classics. He didn’t stop there. Drake went into character as a nerdy dad, delinquent high school kid and a magenta-capped wizard that spewed elfkin-death potion. He found the opportunity to rap here and there during his SNL sketches, including his monologue where he put on his yarmulke for a flashback that took viewers to his “black and jewish” bat mitzvah.
When he wasn’t fearlessly attempting to give Justin Timberlake a run for hosting duties, Drake also performed two medleys of his songs — “Started From The Bottom” into “Trophies” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home” into “From Time,” the latter which he performed with Jhene Aiko.
The episode also marked the first appearance of Sasheer Zamata, the first female black SNL cast member since 2007. Watch Drake’s sketches below.
Piers Morgan Cold Open:
Before They Were Stars: