By Henna Kathiya
Looks like NBC heard Kendrick Lamar’s plea to appear in a “Saturday Night Live” skit. It was the Compton MC’s first time performing (“Swimming Pools” and “Poetic Justice”) for SNL with Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine hosting, but he also got to put his acting chops on display, in a digital short with Adam Levine and the Lonely Island called “YOLO.”
Kendrick’s wish came true, as he landed a feature on the Lonely Island’s new track. “Yeah, I’ll do a skit. We clown around in the studio all day; I can do it on TV in front of the camera,” Kendrick told MTV News last week. “Put me in one of those skits ‘SNL’! Wassup?”
The video is hilarious, making fun of Drake’s highly popularized YOLO motto. The song sets up scenes where “you only live one” is applicable. Andy Samberg, Lonely Island and SNL veteran opens up the song with a definition of what exactly YOLO is. “ The battle cry of a generation. This life is a precious gift, so don’t get too crazy, it’s not worth the risk,” he says at the start of the song.
Instead of living life to the fullest like YOLO usually suggests, this song warns the public that you really only do live once and therefore caution must be taken. “Never go to saunas cause they’re crawling with piranhas/ Never take the stairs cause they’re often unsafe/ You only live once so don’t let it go to waste,” the song preaches.
Kendrick Lamar makes his appearance in the song to offer up this advice, “Take no chances, stop freelancin’, invest in your future don’t dilute your finances/401K make sure it’s low risk and then get some real estate,” he raps. He even dresses up as an older version of himself. Although he pokes fun at Drake’s characteristic motto, Drizzy is one of the many artists featured on his good kid m.A.A.d city album. K-Dot put on his serious face at the end of the night and performed “Swimming Pools” and “Poetic Justice” as SNL’s musical guest