UPDATE: The full episode is now online. See below.
For Drake, the view from the top looked a lot like the interior of NBC Studio 8H.
Hot off the explosive, platinum opening week for Views, his sixth consecutive chart-topping album, Drake made his way to Saturday Night Live, where he pulled double duty as host and musical guest for the second time — a first for any rapper. The last time he hosted and performed was in 2014, almost four months after the release of his third studio album Nothing Was the Same. Like the title to his junior album, nothing was left the same following Drake’s ’14 _SNL_debut, which was impressive enough (the “Indiana Jones” theme park sketch anyone?) to land him right back under the 30 Rock stage lights for a second run.
Making the best of it, Drizzy pulled out plenty of tricks for his sophomore outing on the show. Giving a bizarre impersonation of Rihanna? Check. Combating the consistent outpour of memes lobbed his way? Check. Playing a game of Black Jeopardy as a Caribbean kid from Toronto? That too, gets a check. Among the numerous skits that ran throughout the show, what really brought the lulz was the “Drake’s Beef” digital short, which saw Drizzy flipping the Grammy nominated "Back to Back" and aiming at the show’s crew over the most hilarious situations — think the angst filled If You're Reading This It's Too Late version of Drake meets Homey the Clown.
In addition to appearing in almost every sketch, the self-proclaimed "6 God" also delivered musical performances. For the latter, he was introduced by Chris Rock for "One Dance," his first No. 1 song in the U.S., and later fired his veiled shots on "Hype."