Jay Pharoah, one of the handful of first year cast members on “Saturday Night Live,” impersonated Jay-Z, Drake, and Biggie Smalls on a Thanksgiving-themed segment of “Weekend Update.” Sitting next to host Seth Meyers, Pharoah let it be known that he doesn’t appreciate white people getting all the great Thanksgiving songs.
“I don’t think there are any Thanksgiving songs for white people,” said a confused Meyers.
Pharoah then sings the “Golden Girls” theme, asking Meyers if whites perform the tune around the Thanksgiving table.
After some banter, Jay segues into what he’d most like to hear in late November–Thanksgiving rap songs. At this point, Pharoah grabs a mic and turns into Jay-Z, spitting lyrics about what he’s most thankful for (his rhymes, money, and Beyonce’s badonkadonk).
But Pharoah doesn’t stop with Jigga. After telling Meyers he wrote a Thanksgiving song for Drake, he grabs the mic again, this time imitating the popular Young Money artist. Rapping about his dysfunctional family, drunk uncle, and fat cousins, Pharoah manages to sound a whole lot like the “Find Your Love” rapper.
Lastly, Pharoah does his Biggie Smalls impression. Aside from the heavy breathing, this impersonation is a misfire. But two out of three ain’t bad, especially when they’re spot on.
To the left, check out Jay Pharoah’s rap impressions on “Saturday Night Live.”
“Saturday Night Live” was hosted by Anne Hathaway and featured musical guest Florence and the Machine.
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