On October 15, Drake will make his “Saturday Night Live” debut in an episode hosted by Anna Faris.
NBC made the announcement Monday (September 26), also revealing that Ben Stiller and musical guest Foster the People are booked for the October 8 show. Drake’s appearance will come just before the release of his sophomore effort, Take Care, which hits stores October 24 (also his birthday). It also marks the second time a Young Money artist has graced the late-night sketch show this year; Nicki Minaj served as musical guest back in February.
News of Drizzy’s “SNL” gig comes just days after the rapper took to his October’s Very Own blog to unveil his Take Care LP artwork. In addition to the visual, Drake also wrote a short note to his fans, in which he admitted his anticipation about finally dropping the project.
“Feels like it’s been so long,” he wrote, before asking a series of questions about awaiting special moments. “Maybe our anticipation is justified by the fact that we genuinely cannot wait to share a moment again? Either way, your life and mine are scheduled to meet on October 24 … I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
Drake told MTV News early this month that the LP’s lead single, “Headlines,” was the perfect tune to launch the project. “I think it’s great; the purpose of that record was solely to deliver a message,” he said. “I could’ve gone with the record that was sort of super radio-friendly, but I really just wanted to talk to the people with the first record.”
“Headlines” is just one of many tunes the OVOXO star has released to appease fans’ appetites. Just a few weeks ago, the hip-hop heavyweight dropped even more new material, including “Club Paradise,” “Free Spirit” and a remix of Waka Flocka Flame’s “Round of Applause.”
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