Chance The Rapper Celebrates Barack Obama In Run DMC-Inspired SNL Sketch
Chance The Rapper performed ‘No Problem,’ ‘Sunday Candy’ and other hits during his surprise appearance at Common’s AAHH! Fest. | Photo by Johnny Fan for Okayplayer.
Chance The Rapper channeled rap legends Run-DMC for a Christmas-themed skit during his appearance on Saturday Night Live’s mid-season finale this weekend.
In a skit/music video inspired by Run-DMC‘s “Christmas In Hollis,” Chance donned an adidas tracksuit, shell toe sneakers and a gold chain to trade rhymes with SNL cast member Kenan Thompson. The two of them celebrate President Barack Obama‘s legacy and joke about the country’s impending doom under President-Elect Donald Trump. Video clips of Obama are played throughout the clip as the Saturday Night Live cast put on a Christmas party.
DMC himself pops up for a cameo, guest host Casey Affleck plays a breakdancing Jesus Christ, and Leslie Jones rides a sleigh. It’s just the shot of bittersweet joy needed for Saturday Night Live’s final episode of the year.
Chance The Rapper did the Hammer Dance as one of the Three Wise Men in a sketch about a weirdo nativity pageant, and performed his songs “Finish Line” and “Same Drugs.” He brought Chicago rapper/poet on stage Noname to rock her verse on “Finish Line,” and welcomed Francis and the Lights to play a piano solo for “Same Drugs.” Both songs appear on Coloring Book, Chance’s 2016 mixtape that earned him seven Grammy nominations.