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Drake Parodies 'Get Out', Nicki Minaj Performs Medley at the 2017 NBA Awards
Drake re-upped on jokes for his hosting gig at the 2017 NBA Awards on Monday night (June 26). The 2014 ESPYS host brought a few laughs to New York's Basketball City at Pier 36, including a Will Ferrell handshake sketch and a Get Out spoof.
After walking the carpet with date, Golden State Warriors' reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, the rapper opened the show with Ferrell demonstrating some swaggy daps, which included "The Jenga," "The Helicopter" and "The LaVar Ball" handshakes. "That'll be 10 million dollars," joked The House comedian. There were even a few stray shots at Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan from the 6 God.
When it came to Drake's standup, there were some hits -- like his self-inflicted bandwagon diss: "I've said it time & time again. I have two teams. One for my hometown and whoever else is winning at the current time" -- and some misses -- "black people haven't been this exhausted in years" (referring to back-to-back BET and NBA Awards shows) and the "Mount Rushmore of DJs" joke citing DJ Premier, DJ Quik, DJ Khaled and an awkward transition to DJ Shaq Diesel.
Drake also engaged in a friendly back-and-forth with TNT's Inside The NBA co-host Kenny "The Jet" Smith, who asked "did he write it?" after the rapper's opening monologue. The More Life MC reacted to the ghostwriting one-liner: "Wise words from the most expendable member of the TNT crew." Smith later noted that he "just got bodied by a singing dude."
Other moments included Drake's pro-beard interview with Houston Rockets guard and MVP contender, James Harden. The host also delivered an Internet-approved parody of the year's best thriller Get Out playing Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry, whose NBA championship victory was cut short when an actress depicting wife, Ayesha Curry, sent him to the sunken place.
Near halftime, Drizzy's Young Money cohort Nicki Minaj delivered a medley of her recent offerings including an assist from 2 Chainz for their Pretty Girls Like Trap Music collaboration "Realize" and the Remy Ma-shading cut "No Frauds." Minaj, dressed in a furry, all-white ensemble, took note of her audience by performing her verse on the Katy Perry duet "Swish Swish."