The rap luminaries first rocked Em's steely Haddaway-sampling joint "No Love," backed by a live band on a set decked out with festive holiday decorations. Both MCs kept their style casually cool: Wayne rocked a white T-shirt and black plants while Em sported a brown jacket and gray beanie. Weezy spit the first verse with his signature unhinged energy, asserting his return to the live-television circuit. Em helmed the rest of the song, nimbly dropping his lyrics with abandon.
The MCs split up for the final performance, with Eminem kicking things off with the Pink-assisted cut "Won't Back Down." Outfitted in a black jacket and cap, Em rocked the joint with the help of a hype man, spitting bars like, "How you douche bags feel?/ Knowing you're disposable, Summer's Eve, Massengill." When Em wrapped up, the Detroit MC ceded the mic to Weezy, who hopped up onstage solo for the recently released "6'7"." The live electric guitar-laced version was a super-charged departure from the Bangladesh-crafted banger, with Wayne knocking out the lyrics with his high-powered flow and vibing with a slew of similarly amped musicians.
The "SNL" appearance is the latest team-up in a long list collaborations between the Shady boss and the Young Money captain. Em guested on Weezy's "Drop the World" from the New Orleans vet's rock-centric album "Rebirth." Wayne returned the favor for Em's Recovery cut "No Love."
Other hitmakers also popped up on Saturday night's broadcast, which was hosted by "Tron Legacy" star Jeff Bridges. Akon helped Lonely Planet bust out an ode to gettin' it on, belting "I just had sex!" Blake Lively and Jessica Alba made cameos as comely conquests as the crew gamely sang, "I'll never go back to the not-having-sex ways of the past."
On "The Miley Cyrus Show" skit, featured player Vanessa Bayer played a giggly, hyper version of the teen starlet, and poked fun at the "Can't Be Tamed" singer's much-publicized salvia bong hit. Bayer's Cyrus explained her "five-minute drug problem," saying, "so, what happened was, I got really high — like really high."
Veteran actor Bridges also showed off his acting chops in several skits, playing an effeminate cowboy who doles out gussied-up Christmas presents, and starring in his own prank show "Jeff'd," in which he messes with celebrity pals like Billy Bob Thornton and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Wayne associate DJ Scoob Doo described the vibe of the night MTV News.
"The energy in the building is historical and it's extra special to see everybody fight for position backstage to see Lil Wayne take over SNL," he said.
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