By Rob Markman
Looks like Drake got his wish when the Toronto MC appeared as the musical guest and as an actor on this weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live.” MTV News caught up with the Young Money hit maker and former “Degrassi” star on October 13, after his “SNL” musical rehearsal. “I was begging, I was begging everybody, please let me get a skit, please let me be involved in something.”
At the time of interview time show producers couldn’t confirm whether or not Drizzy would get a chance to showoff his acting chops. An “SNL” rep told MTV News that writers often make last minute changes to the show before it airs. Still, when “SNL” aired on Saturday the OVO general appeared in his first skit alongside Andy Samberg where the comedian took the rapper through a series of quirky interviews including one where they made fun of Drake’s eccentric sweater collection and another interview that took place in the dark.
Shortly after Young Angel took the stage and performed “Headlines” with his band. The screen behind the performance cove flashed the words to the song as the rapper, who was dressed in a black sweater, green cargo pants and construction boots hopped around stage rapping in double time.
“One thing that I do notice is not too many people bring atmosphere change [as 'SNL' musical guests], so I really pushed to change the station into something different and I think I did a great job of that,” he said. “I just hope that visually and sonically, it’s a superior performance.”
After his first music break the “Best I Ever Had” spitter appeared on “SNL’s” regular Weekend Update Drake in his second sketch as a rapping werewolf who robs children for their Halloween candy.
For his final musical performance Drake rapped his new Take Care single “Make Me Proud” with Nicki Minaj. The two YMCMB artists rocked the duet and ended the set with Drake moving in to kiss Nicki on the cheek before the they hugged.
Now that he got a little work in on “Saturday Night Live” Drizzy is eager to take on new roles. “Even outside of [‘SNL’]I just want to get this album out on November 15 and get right back into it. I’m eager to act, I’m eager to make people laugh, or accept a dramatic role,” he told MTV News. “I’m just excited to get back into that. I miss it. Or even just being around this atmosphere, all these actors and funny people. It’s like, ‘Ahh man I miss this.’”
The rapper even partnered with the William Morris Agency to help land some new gigs. “Whatever projects are available I’m down,” he said.