Kendrick Lamar got his wish and did appear in a Saturday Night Live skit, sort of. The Lonely Island, of “Lazy Sunday” fame, returned to SNL with a video/digital short for a song called “YOLO,” featuring Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and the Compton MC.
This life is a precious gift, so don’t get too crazy, it’s not worth the risk, warns Adam Sandler at the beginning of the slickly produced tune. The hilarious video, which also has a cameo from Eastbound & Down’s Danny McBride) actually reenacts ways and scenarios in which living the You Only Live Once motto can leave to a serious L. “Yeah, and here’s another piece of advice, stay away from kids ’cause their hair has mad lice,” goes one rhyme. Lamar comes in and delivers a verse that extolls the virtues of investing in real estate. “Take no chances, stop freelancin’, invest in your future don’t dilute your finances,” he raps before adding that “renting is for suckas right now.”
Lamar was also the night’s musical guest, performing “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice” from his good kid, m.A.A.d. city album. Coincidentally, Drake appears as a guest on the album version of the latter. During the holiday season, the Toronto rapper made news when he called out Macy’s for selling tees with “YOLO” and claiming they needed to cut him a check.
Drizzy did help popularize the term thanks to his hit “The Motto,” but he may have been reaching with that one.
Watch the the Lonely Island’s “YOLO” below.