Saturday Night Live has had quite the run when it comes to hip-hop parodies.
With a cast filled with rap enthusiasts who are notorious for nailing their impressions and adding just the right amount of humor to their favorite artists’ personalities, SNL has created dozens of historic videos inspired by hip-hop culture and its icons.
From their own re-imagined hip-hop renditions, featuring big names like Tom Hanks and Drake, to even passing the mic to Natalie Portman — here are the 13 best Saturday Night Live hip-hop sketches.
Hip Hop Classics: Before They Were Stars (2018)
Kenan Thompson takes the role of Sway Calloway in a hilarious sketch about the TV roles hip-hop stars had before becoming musicians. With his best Lil Wayne and JAY-Z impressions, Drake absolutely steals the show as the skit’s special guest.
Rap History (2017)
Featuring Common and Questlove, Rap History follows rising SoundCloud rapper Lil Doo Doo (Pete Davidson) as he gets a lesson from old-school hip-hop legends Soul Crush Crew (Chance the Rapper, Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd) about making real music.
Natalie Raps (2013)
Natalie Portman made waves when she shed her good-girl image with an outrageous SNL hip-hop skit. Rapping about doing drugs, punching people and cheating on tests at Harvard, Portman unleashed her inner MC with the help of Andy Samberg and the rest of The Lonely Island in the iconic sketch.
Rap Song (2017)
In one of SNL‘s funniest and most accurate hip-hop parodies, Big Chris (Kenan Thompson) attempts to release a new rap track as he fights the ridiculous amount of features and clout-chasers. The skit includes special appearances from Tom Hanks, Katy Perry and more.
Lazy Sunday (2005)
A day in the life of Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell, the duo raps about a lazy Sunday in NYC as they prepare to buy Magnolia cupcakes, go on the subway and hit The Chronicles of Narnia at the movie theater. This was the SNL hip-hop parody that started it all.
Blizzard Man with Ludacris (2013)
The birth of one of SNL‘s most remarkable sketches, Ludacris is at Superhit Studios with Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson and only one person can help him finish his album: the one and only Blizzard Man (Andy Samberg).
Drake’s Beef (2016)
Ready to take the spotlight as the night’s special guest, Drake is just simply done with the SNL cast’s passive-aggressiveness.
Tucci Gang (2018)
Pete Davidson channels his inner Lil Pump and pays homage to Stanley Tucci with the help of Sam Rockwell in their hilarious “Tucci Gang” sketch.
Jingle Barack (2016)
With a Run-DMC “Christmas in Hollis” parody, Thompson and Chance the Rapper spit rhymes about the last holiday with President Obama in office.
RBG Rap (2018)
With a Sheck Wes-inspired parody, Pete Davidson and Chris Redd pay tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her decades-long work defending women’s rights.
In one of the funniest hip-hop sketches ever, Thompson, Chris Redd and Donald Glover bring their best Migos impressions to Dr. Angela’s (Cecily Strong) office in an attempt to work on some personal issues. The sketch also features A$AP Rocky.
With their best PG-13 rap, The Booty Kings (Chris Redd and Kenan Thompson), Uncle Butt (Pete Davidson), Lil Wayne and Future rap about how much they love women and consent.
The Day Beyonce Turned Black (2016)
Adding to Beyoncé‘s Lemonade momentum, SNL cracked jokes on the Beehive with their polemical sketch. Days after Bey dropped her “Formation” video, SNL didn’t miss the chance to voice what everyone already knew: Beyonce is actually black.