Saturday Night Live (SNL) scores big over the weekend with the introduction of Sasheer Zamata and their host of choice, Aubrey “Drake” Graham. Sasheer was a hit for her first show and Drake proved to be an even bigger hit with many of his fans.
The 27-year-old female comedian and improv performer broke the draught in the wake of SNL’s criticism for the lack of diversity. Sasheer was signed earlier this month and made her grand entrance while acting out a skit with Drake where he revisited his bar mitzvah from 1999. Her SNL debut was low-key, but memorable.
It was actually Drake that stole the show. The former Canadian actor-turned-rapper opened up rapping about having an African-American father and Jewish mother. Drake went straight into a comedic rap which started with,
“I’m black and Jewish, don’t be so foolish, it’s a mitzvah. I’m black, I’m Jewish. I play ball like Lebron and I know what a W2 is.”
Drake who is widely recognized today as a successful rapper let his fans know that he hasn’t lost any of his Degrassi acting skills. He did impressions of everyone from a goofy “Bill Cosby” dad at a slumber party, to Lil’ Wayne and even Katt Williams. He did each one justice; the most notable for many being Katt Williams. Any of Williams’ fans that may have missed him since he nearly “faded to black” felt as if he was resurrected as Drake’s imitation of Williams turned out to be spot on.
Drake was seen rocking a green pimp suit and flipping his perm back and forth, true to Williams’ style. He told Nancy Grace, portrayed by Noel Wells, if weed was legal in Colorado she should consider him forever “Rocky Mountain high.”
Drake showed up on SNL and showed out in just about every sketch. Many tuned in to catch Sasheer in her SNL debut but the spotlight was all over the rapper. Every role he was given he played fearlessly for all it was worth.
Drake, the world’s only black Jewish-Canadian rap icon, grew up with music in his blood. Dennis Graham, his father, was a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis, the legendary rock star and his mother also comes from a very musical family. Drake was introduced to the entertainment world as “Wheelchair Jimmy” on the hit series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He starred on the series for seven years where he earned the 2002 Young Artist Award for best ensemble in a TV series.
Even with all of Drake’s Canadian celebrity status it wouldn’t be long before he transitioned to his true love, music. He dropped his first mix tape in 2006 but soared to mega status after he joined Lil’ Wayne and Young Money, a subsidiary of famed roster Cash Money, in 2008.
Of course, Drake couldn’t leave the SNL set without dropping a few of his hits for the fans. For his first set Drake was seen perched center stage of a blacked-out studio, under a crimson spotlight, he led off with Started From the Bottom. Then he smoothly transitioned into the Hit-Boy produced Trophies.
The rapper then hit the Studio 8H stage for another set, this time under a blue spotlight. He emerged with Hold On, We’re Going Home and then was accompanied by his surprise guest, Jhene Aiko, to perform their duet, From Time. Before closing his set he directed the audience to celebrate his guest and then gave her a big hug and kiss.
SNL scores big over the weekend with the introduction of Sasheer Zamata and their host of choice, Aubrey “Drake” Graham. Sasheer was a hit for her debut but Drake was the host who stole the show.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)