January 19, 2014


Drake Tries Acting, Kills With Piano Ballad on 'SNL'

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Dana Edelson/NBC/Getty Images

Last night Drake became the latest musician to play both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

And while the "Started From the Bottom" rapper is a decent actor—he reminded the world of his stint on Degrassi High—the issue is that Justin Timberlake ruined it for any aspiring musicians with a side of thespian.

No one is more Theatre Kid than JT, and that's a good thing when it comes to SNL.

But Drizzy tried his best, and there were some highlights: we got to experience his Bar Mitzvah and watch him rap about giving up, and then embracing, his vice in the show's latest musical number "Resolution Revolution."

His opening monologue was also fun in how much it reminded viewers that Drake is really unlike any other rapper—he's obsessed with Canada and (it bears repeating) Degrassi High, y'all.

(Although his Canadian chops were called into question after a devastating air hockey defeat to Jimmy Kimmel last week.)

Also, he finally publicly apologized for unleashing "YOLO" on the world.

But acting attempts aside, Drake excels, thankfully for him, at his day job—musician. And the transformation of hit single "Hold On, We're Going Home" into a bare-bones piano ballad was hands down the greatest event of the night.

That was Drake being Drake—raw and emotive and just as it should be.