Saturday Night Live music: DJ Khaled and a Nipsey Hussle dedication

FredTonight, DJ Khaled is the musical guest for the Saturday Night Live finale, but what that really means is a chance for a lot of different cameos. The man uses features like nobody’s business, and we saw that with his very first performance “Jealous.”

At the very start of the performance, we saw Khaled brought out Lil Wayne and Big Sean for a performance of “Jealous,” and then brought out Jeremih, Lil Baby, J Balvin, and Meek Mill for “You Stay.” This was just a small taste of some of the talent who works with him, and did seem like much of the idea for Khaled tonight as to just to bring out as many of his collaborators as he could in a short period of time.

Is it actually effective? Well, the guy clearly knows his brand. He also does produce some solid music, but we actually think that he was a distraction from the performance at times. It was harder to get into the actually lyrics and the music with him throwing some of his catch-phrases out there at every turn. Think of it as subtraction by addiction rather than the other way around.

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For his second run of performances…

Basically, we saw DJ Khaled bring out yet another run of familiar faces, including SZA, a reprise from Meek Mill, and then John Legend after that for a powerful performance after a Nipsey Hussle dedication. This is the one performance we wish was longer, mostly because Legend is such a gifted singer. At the end of the performance tonight, all of Khaled’s collaborators came on stage in tribute of Nipsey, and this was a perfect way to end the set tonight. While we may have thought there were TOO many songs and not enough substance throughout the performances tonight, this doesn’t change the power of the tribute at the end and what that means — some of the biggest artists in the world recognizing a man who was doing what he could to make a community better at the time of his death.

Ultimately, we feel like DJ Khaled’s set tonight would’ve worked better as almost a thirty-minute special, or just an extended run of about fifteen minutes rather than performances that were split up during the night. We know that SNL only tends to do that for a small handful of hosts (typically notable ones), but it would’ve created more of a full-on experience rather than one that was broken up across the show.

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