Many tuned in to the latest episode of Saturday Night Live to see Drake host and perform – or to see the premiere of the show’s newest and only Black comedienne Sasheer Zamata, which was
clearly secretly what people really watched for.
But what’s clear is that Drake hands-down stole the show. His skits – which included impersonations of A-Rod, Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z – were not only spot on but actually quite humorous. While Drake is often touted as hip-hop’s next in line to the throne, the 27-year-old – who once starred in the television series Degrassi during his teens – reminded audiences that he’s far bigger than hip-hop and that his talent is so very fluid and goes far beyond his praised rhyme and flow.
Drake, who performed hits from his latest album Nothing Was The Same, also showed his musical versatility by balancing his bars with soothing vocals (which he’s improved with over the yeas), proof that by all measures he’s a consummate triple-threat.
Hip-hop’s culture of bravado often disallows rappers from stepping out of the proverbial box to deviate from the hyper masculinity, “street” style that consumes the genre. Drake, however, has long been a hip-hop rebel with his artistic choice to sing on many of his tracks, often crooning about heartache and love, which at times spawns critics who make fun of the rapper’s ‘softness’.
But Drake’s continuous attempt to simply be him, despite what naysayers say is a testament to his preeminence in not only the rap game, but the entertainment industry at large. The Canadian’s SNL performance is a great reference for what we can expect from his career in the future. Movies. Television. Music. You name it. He may have started from the bottom, but he certainly should not stop here.