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Watch Drake Do It All on ‘Saturday Night Live’

The 'Nothing Was the Same' rapper performed and hosted, and did it all with ease

picture-18576-1373300776By: Marc Hogan // January 19, 2014

Drake has always been more than a rapper, but rival MCs have that much more ground to make up after the Nothing Was the Same mastermind’s Saturday Night Live stint this weekend. When the former Degrassi: The Next Generation star was a musical guest on SNL in 2011, his skit cameos all but overshadowed his official performances, and here, he proved to be a true triple threat. As a rapper and singer, the man born Aubrey Graham found a sweet spot between rote album impersonations and over-the-top theatrics, nailing a pair of song combos (“Started From the Bottom” into non-album track “Trophies,” plus “Hold On, We’re Going Home” into a Jhené Aiko-enlivened “From Time”) in sparsely staged, piano-centric settings that made it seem possible the musical guest was actually producer Noah “40” Shebib — so much for your obligatory “Drake featuring Drake” jokes. Canada’s saddest boy didn’t hold back in his hosting duties, either, whether spoofing Alex Rodriguez, rapping about Lenny Kravitz in a reminiscence about his own bar mitzvah, or giving his impressions of hip-hop royalty. Try to imagine Flava Flav as The Wonder Years‘ original voice-over artist instead of that guy from Home Alone. Oh, Drizzy also apologized for “#YOLO.” Between that and the galang-galanging musical “Resolution Revolution” skit, has someone been listening to M.I.A.? Bring it to Morning Miami , Pusha T. Or the Indiana Jones ride at Disney World. Check out the highlights below.