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    Best Rap Performances on <em>Saturday Night Live</em>
    This past weekend, Drake became the latest rapper to join a select group of MCs who have graced <em>Saturday Night Live</em>'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 <em>SNL</em>, just to name a few. <em>XXL</em> looks back at the Top 15 Best Rap Performances on <em>Saturday Night Live</em>.
  • 15. Ja Rule feat. Ashanti "Always on Time" (November 3, 2001)
    15. Ja Rule feat. Ashanti "Always on Time" (November 3, 2001)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qv4luQOXYwI?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qv4luQOXYwI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>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)
    <embed src="http://www.iviewtube.com/player/player.swf" width="620" height="400" bgcolor="#ffffff" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="file=xV5d1iE1oW4owaWvDQWF.flv&streamer=rtmp://node1.server2.iviewtube.com:1935/streaming/&provider=rtmp&image=http://www.iviewtube.com/uploads/thumbs/xV5d1iE1oW4owaWvDQWF.jpg&logo.file=http://www.iviewtube.com/image_s/playerlogo.png&logo.link=http://www.iviewtube.com/videos/177150/&logo.target=_blank&autostart=false&fullscreen=true&stretching=fill&logo.position=top-right&logo.hide=false"></embed>Barb took the <em>SNL</em> 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)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/0KUnMBgvNXY?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0KUnMBgvNXY?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>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 Dogg "Lodi Dodi" (March 19, 1994)
    12. Snoop Doggy Dogg "Lodi Dodi" (March 19, 1994)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4eAYTYDqv2M?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4eAYTYDqv2M?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Snoop made his <em>SNL</em> 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)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/e/16711680/wshhwmcZkYeU360ZDycW"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/e/16711680/wshhwmcZkYeU360ZDycW" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" width="620" height="400"></embed></object>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)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/DmtKFslDtAU?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/DmtKFslDtAU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Only a few months after his infamous "George Bush doesn't care about Black people" moment, Kanye took to the <em>SNL</em> 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)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/e/16711680/wshhawQ34MO4Eb4FRj5F"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/e/16711680/wshhawQ34MO4Eb4FRj5F" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" width="620" height="400"></embed></object>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)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/D3uxE8w_jf4?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/D3uxE8w_jf4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • 7. T.I. "Whatever You Like (December 6, 2008)
    7. T.I. "Whatever You Like (December 6, 2008)
    <embed src="http://dimewars.com/flashmedia/secureflvplayer.swf" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" flashvars="file=http://dimewars.com/GetSecureVideo.aspx?BCMEDIAID=e70c8c40-4798-4ef2-a8c9-14996d70f5b0&autostart=false&allowScriptAccess=true&shuffle=false&linkfromdisplay=true&linktarget=_blank&usefullscreen=true&rotatetime=5&logo=http://www.dimewars.com/MediaShare/dwlogo_embed.png&backcolor=0x000000&frontcolor=0xffffff&lightcolor=0xC10505&streamer=rtmp://ec2-67-202-18-233.compute-1.amazonaws.com/securetoken" width="620" height="400"/><div style="text-align:center;width: 425px;"> <a href="http://www.dimewars.com/video">For Hip Hop News & Entertainment</a> at DimeWars.Com</div>Tip performed his no. 1 hit, "Whatever You Like" backed by <em>SNL</em>'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)
    <iframe frameborder="0" width="620" height="400" src="http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xkh7a2"></iframe><br /><a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xkh7a2_dr-dre-snoop-dogg-still-dre-live-saturday-night-live-nbc-10-23-1999-pt-2_music" target="_blank">Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg "Still DRE" Live @ Saturday...</a> <i>by <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/Worldwide-Westside-Ent" target="_blank">Worldwide-Westside-Ent</a></i>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)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FBMjZRSQQpE?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FBMjZRSQQpE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>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. Beastie Boys "Sure Shot" (December 10, 1994)
    4. The Beastie Boys "Sure Shot" (December 10, 1994)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/eKYmssFF5is?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/eKYmssFF5is?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Beastie Boys's "Sabotage" may have been on the rock side of things, but this <em>SNL</em> performance of <em>Ill Communication</em>'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 <em>SNL</em> appearance, PE delivered a classic performance of "Can't Truss It" — the first single off of <em>Apocalypse '91... The Enemy Strikes Back</em>. Michael Jordan hosted. <a href="http://www.publicenemy.com/videos/60/pe-saturday-night-live-1991.html">Watch Performance Here</a>.
  • 2. Lil Wayne and Eminem (December 18, 2010)
    2. Lil Wayne and Eminem (December 18, 2010)
    <embed src="http://www.iviewtube.com/player/player.swf" width="620" height="400" bgcolor="#ffffff" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="file=hfsus1t0nc5hw3wjqra.flv&streamer=rtmp://node1.server2.iviewtube.com:1935/streaming/&provider=rtmp&image=http://www.iviewtube.com/uploads/thumbs/hfsus1t0nc5hw3wjqra.jpg&logo.file=http://www.iviewtube.com/image_s/playerlogo.png&logo.link=http://www.iviewtube.com/videos/175063/&logo.target=_blank&autostart=false&fullscreen=true&stretching=fill&logo.position=top-right&logo.hide=false"></embed>Roughly a month out of Rikers Island, Weezy made his second <em>SNL</em> appearance with help from Eminem. The two superstars performed "No Love" off of Em's <em>Recover</em> 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)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/pSLT0PB--TU?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/pSLT0PB--TU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Months after dissing the show ("fuck <em>SNL</em> and the whole cast) on <em>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</em>'s "Power," Yeezy returned to <em>SNL</em> 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 <em>SNL</em> lyrics of course. <em>Breaking Bad</em>'s Bryan Cranston hosted.
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    Good feature xxl