Rapper Drake Relives His Bar Mitzvah on 'SNL'

Son of Jewish mother and black father raps to tune of 'Hava Nagila,' giving a Shabbat shalom shoutout and a wasssuup call to the other side of the family.

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Canadian rapper Drake did double duty as host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, where he reminisced about his "very interesting bar mitzvah experience" during his opening monologue.

"To my mom's side of the family, I say shabbat shalom," Drake said, reliving his passage into manhood. "And to my dad's side of the family, I say wassuuuuup? Like the Budweiser commercial. It's 1999, and I'm 13. It's hilarious."

The half-Jewish, half-black entertainer born Aubrey Drake Graham donned a white yarmulke and bar mitzvah-best clothes and launched into a rap set to the tune of "Hava Nagila."

Among the rapper's choice lyrics were the stanza, "Please don't forget I'm black / Please don't forget I'm Jewish / I play ball like LeBron and I know what a W-2 is."

He also rhymes Lenny Kravitz with Manischewitz, Hova with nova, knishes with bitches and Hanukkah with Rihanna-kah, and references pop culture power couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

Drake won a Grammy for his album "Take Care" in 2013, but had been previously nominated multiple times.

The not-safe-for-work video for his song "HFYR," from that album, opens with footage of Drake as a boy, dancing at an actual bar mitzvah, then pans to Miami's Temple Israel where Drake gets "re-bar mitzvahed" with other hip-hop artists like Lil Wayne, Birdman and DJ Khaled in attendance.

Rapper Drake performs on 'Saturday Night Live.'Credit: Twitter

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