Lil Wayne is gearing up to grace our television screens asthe rapper will be joining host Liev Schreiber on Saturday Night Live as the official musical guest tonight (Nov. 10). It’s been eight years since Weezy last took the Saturday Night Live stage as a performer, and fans are eagerly anticipating his upcoming return.
Lil Wayne has been on quite the comeback since dropping his long-awaited Tha Carter V back in September. The album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, headlined the Austin City Limits Festival and tops the bill at the upcoming Rolling Loud Los Angeles. Last month, he received the “I Am Hip Hop” Award at the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards, and he’s been tapped to appear on the Creed II soundtrack along with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Rick Ross. As the third rapper to perform on this season of SNL behind Kanye West and Travis Scott, Lil Wayne will be holding it down for hip-hop as he continues his well-deserved ascent back to the top.
In the teaser to Saturday night’s episode, Lil Wayne gave a glimpse at his comedic side as he engaged in some funny dialogue with host Liev Schreiber and cast member Kate McKinnon. Weezy first threatened to walk out on the show if there wasn’t a Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again sketch and gave a hilarious, spot-on impression of Schreiber’s mean mug.
Hopefully we get to see Wayne show more of his comedic chops with appearances in some skits. Here are the five things we want to see from Lil Wayne on Saturday Night Live.
Bring out Drake and Nicki Minaj for a Young Money Reunion
2018 was a big year for the Young Money trinity. Drake kicked things off with his Hot 100 chart-toppers “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What” preceding the release of his record-breaking Scorpion album, and Nicki dropped her highly-anticipated Queen along with several collaborations with Ariana Grande, 6ix9ine and more.
The two have come a long way from their days in the Young Money camp and Wayne couldn’t be happier with their successful careers. It would be a welcoming sight to see them together since it’s been some time since all three rappers performed on the same stage. It’s a stretch since Drake is scheduled to perform tonight alongside Migos on tour in St. Louis, but maybe Wayne can pull some strings to make this moment happen.
Impersonate Drake in a Skit
Back in 2014 when Drake took on double duty as host and musical guest on SNL, he hilariously impersonated Lil Wayne in the Hip-Hop Classics: Before They Were Stars skit. Drake was spot on from Weezy’s mannerisms to his trademark voice. An SNL skit impersonating Drake — maybe recreating an episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation — would be the best way for Wayne to get some payback at Aubrey’s expense.
Bring out Swizz Beatz, Shiggy and Waffle Crew to Perform “Uproar”
Since the SNL studio is located in New York City, it’s only right for Lil Wayne to bring out hometown heroes Swizz Beatz, Shiggy and the Waffle Crew if he performs “Uproar” tonight. Swizz Beatz sampled “Special Delivery” by G. Dep, which took the city by storm 17 years ago, to create the fiery beat for their collaboration.
Shiggy and the Waffle Crew have been keeping the legacy of the Get Lite movement and Harlem shaking alive with their respective comical Instagram videos. If Swizz and Shiggy joined Wayne on stage as hype men along with KidtheWiz and the Waffle Crew, it would be an appropriate, appreciative throw to NYC’s hip-hop history.
Play Sam Carmichael or Sky in Mamma Mia Skit
Despite how funny the teaser clip was, no one would expect Lil Wayne to be a fan of the Ol Parker-directed Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Since he jokingly said he’d walk out if there was no skit, the writers at SNL have a golden opportunity to create a segment that revolves around the film and Wayne walking out in an Abba-fueled huff.
Bring out Kendrick Lamar for “Mona Lisa”
The last time Lil Wayne performed on SNL, he brought out Eminem to dish out a thrilling performance of “No Love.” With a band in tow, the two lyricists tore the stage down with the menacing Just Blaze-produced heater. On Tha Carter V, Lil Wayne and Lamar tell a story of deceit and lust that makes “Mona Lisa” one of the best tracks off Wayne’s twelfth studio album.
Weezy has the potential to tear the SNL stage down with an electrifying surprise with some help from K Dot. SNL has a history of rappers delivering visually pleasing performances — think West’s “Black Skinhead” in 2013 — and Travis Scott with “Sicko Mode.” With the lyrical content and ominous production, Wayne has an opportunity to do exactly that and blow viewers away with an explosive return.