This past weekend, Drake appeared as the host and special musical guest on Saturday Night Live. In his opening monologue, Drake talked about his past acting on Degrassi: The Next Generation, being Jewish and also being Canadian. It was Drake’s first time ever hosting and he did an exceptional job of combining both his acting and musical talents.
Shortly after the monologue, Drake re-enacted his bar mitzvah. “Having a Jewish mother and a black father made for a very interesting bar mitzvah,” he said before breaking into song. He also rocked the same outfit he did in his HYFR music video.
Drake is a great example of our Mixed Nation. His background crosses religion, borders and color, meanwhile he does not feel the need to pick one from the other.
Here are a couple of our favorite lyrics from the skit:
“You’re Jewish, You’re black, I’m both – we’re family!”
“I celebrate Hanukkah, I dated Rihannikah”
“At my concert you can put your hands in the air or raise a chair or say a Jewish prayer”
Not only was it a fantastic night for Drake, but it was also the first appearance of the new cast member to SNL, Sasheer Zamata. After much controversy, she is the first black female cast member since 2007. The 27-year-old improv performer was signed earlier this month in the wake of criticism of “SNL” for its lack of ethnic diversity. Drake also called upon Jhené Aiko to accompany him during his second performance of the night, a stripped down rendition of his smash hit, “Hold On,” and a beautiful transition into “From Time”. Aiko, who is an established singer, is a beautiful mix of Japanese, Spanish, and Dominican descent on her mother’s side, while her father is of African American, Yaqui, Choctaw, Cherokee, Navajo, and German Jewish descent. The two made for a sultry pair on stage.