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Best Rap Performances on Saturday Night Live

Best Rap Performances on Saturday Night Live

This past weekend, Drake became the latest rapper to join a select group of MCs who have graced Saturday Night Live's stage during the show's 36-year history. Over the years, acts like Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C., Eminem, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne have all rocked SNL, just to name a few. XXL looks back at the Top 15 Best Rap Performances on Saturday Night Live.

15. Ja Rule feat. Ashanti "Always on Time" (November 3, 2001)

15. Ja Rule feat. Ashanti "Always on Time" (November 3, 2001)

Ja and Ashanti performed their smash hit, "Always on Time." John Goodman hosted.

14. Nicki Minaj "Moment 4 Life" (January 29, 2011)

14. Nicki Minaj "Moment 4 Life" (January 29, 2011)

Barb took the SNL stage with colorful outfits, but her performance of "Moment 4 Life" (sans Drake) was the attention-grabber. Nick also took part in a skit and performed with Lonely Island.

13. Ludacris (November 18, 2006)

13. Ludacris (November 18, 2006)

Luda's one of few rappers to have served as host and musical guest— Hammer being the first. He performed "Money Maker" and "Runaway Love" with Mary J. Blige.

12. Snoop Doggy Dogg "Lodi Dodi" (March 19, 1994)

12. Snoop Dogg "Lodi Dodi" (March 19, 1994)

Snoop made his SNL debut at the height of his popularity— performing "Lodi Dodi." Helen Hunt hosted.

11. Diddy-Dirty Money ft. Swizz Beatz "Ass on the Floor" (December 18, 2011)

11. Diddy-Dirty Money ft. Swizz Beatz "Ass on the Floor" (December 18, 2011)

The incomparable Diddy and Dirty Money deliver an energetic performance of "Ass on the Floor" with help from Swizz Beatz. Robert DeNiro hosted.

10. Kanye West "Gold Digger" (October 1, 2005)

10. Kanye West "Gold Digger" (October 1, 2005)

Only a few months after his infamous "George Bush doesn't care about Black people" moment, Kanye took to the SNL stage and did "Gold Digger." He later performed "Heard 'Em Say" with Adam Levine. Steve Carrell hosted.

9. Jay-Z Medley (May 8, 2010)

9. Jay-Z Medley (May 8, 2010)

Hov served up a medley of his hits including "99 Problems," "PSA," "On to the Next One" and "Empire State of Mind" with Roc Nation artist filling in for Alicia Keys. Betty White hosted.

8. Cypress Hill "I Ain't Going Out Like That" (October 2, 1993)

8. Cypress Hill "I Ain't Going Out Like That" (October 2, 1993)

7. T.I. "Whatever You Like (December 6, 2008)

7. T.I. "Whatever You Like (December 6, 2008)

Tip performed his no. 1 hit, "Whatever You Like" backed by SNL's Live Band. John Malcovich hosted.

6. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem "Still Dre" and "Forgot About Dre" (October 23, 1999)

6. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem "Still Dre" and "Forgot About Dre" (October 23, 1999)


Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg "Still DRE" Live @ Saturday... by Worldwide-Westside-Ent The Good Doctor and Snoop perform Doc's first single in nearly seven years. Dre also teamed up with Em for a rendition of "Forgot About Dre." Norm McDonald hosted.

5. LL Cool J "Go Cut Creator Go" (October 24, 1987)

5. LL Cool J "Go Cut Creator Go" (October 24, 1987)

Years before the live band became a staple even for rap acts, Uncle L rocked the stage with a performance of "Go Cut Creator Go." Sean Penn hosted.

4. The Beastie Boys "Sure Shot" (December 10, 1994)

4. Beastie Boys "Sure Shot" (December 10, 1994)

Beastie Boys's "Sabotage" may have been on the rock side of things, but this SNL performance of Ill Communication's "Sure Shot" showed the trio was still very much hip-hop. Alec Baldwin hosted.

3. Public Enemy "Can't Truss It" (September 28, 2011)

3. Public Enemy "Can't Truss It" (September 28, 2011)

In their only SNL appearance, PE delivered a classic performance of "Can't Truss It" — the first single off of Apocalypse '91... The Enemy Strikes Back. Michael Jordan hosted. Watch Performance Here.

2. Lil Wayne and Eminem (December 18, 2010)

2. Lil Wayne and Eminem (December 18, 2010)

Roughly a month out of Rikers Island, Weezy made his second SNL appearance with help from Eminem. The two superstars performed "No Love" off of Em's Recover and Wayne performed "6 Foot 7 Foot" with Cory Gunz. Jeff Bridges hosted.

1. Kanye West "Runaway" (October 2, 2010)

1. Kanye West "Runaway" (October 2, 2010)

Months after dissing the show ("fuck SNL and the whole cast) on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy's "Power," Yeezy returned to SNL for a rendition of "Runaway"— the show's best performance to date. Sporting an all red everything attire, 'Ye led his pack of ballerinas in a minimal, yet highly effective choreography. West also performed "Power." He changed the SNL lyrics of course. Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston hosted.