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In case you didn’t know what the lyrics to “Headlines” were, SNL conveniently displayed them for viewers when Drake was the musical guest last weekend. Overall, I have to give props to Drake on a solid performance—I haven’t seen him live for a couple of years, but he still has the pure joy for his music that many artists lose after tiring out and doing too many tours (see: Britney). I don’t think I’ve seen a musical guest on the show so happy to be performing in a while.

Of course, there was a little self-promotion going on—Drake rapped his new single “Make Me Proud” that debuted on iTunes earlier that day (and surprisingly wasn’t leaked along with most of the other tracks of his highly anticipated Take Care due late October) along with Nicki Minaj. Wait, Drake and Nicki know each other? No way. I actually think that this duo is truly dynamic (and the SNL studio audience apparently agreed)—the Young Money Cash Money Billionaires are always energetic and play off each other with a mix of semi-serious and mostly ridiculous lyrics.

Drake does not forget his roots, clear from his shout out to Toronto (Oh, Canada!) to his acting abilities. Anyone remember him as Jimmy on Degrassi: Next Gen? Or his cameo in the movie Charlie Bartlett? Well anyway, if you want a refresher on Drake’s acting, check out his appearance in the Weekend Update: Seth Meyers couldn’t keep a straight face during Drake’s little rap on “ bag jacking” candy from little kids on Halloween.

The only thing Drake-related that is incredibly sad is that Drake cancelled his Greensboro show in November. And somehow I doubt he’ll be on the bill for LDOC. Wanna make me proud, DUU?

—Katya Prosvirkina

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