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Listen: SNL’s Jay Pharoah freestyles over Drake’s “0 to 100”

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With Saturday Night Live on a break until the fall, cast member Jay Pharaoh has had plenty of time to pursue a rap career as of late. In May alone, he released two very different songs: a blitzing freestyle of Drake’s “Draft Day” and the more satirical original composition “Problems”. Today, he opts once again to deliver “straight bars” with another Drake freestyle, this time over the newly-minted “0 to 100”.

My favorite part about Pharoah used to be his Denzel Washington impression; now, I’d have to say it’s the rapping. While comedy is clearly his forte, Pharoah’s methodical approach and passionate delivery make for an intriguing style. It’s his lyrical scope, though, that may be most impressive, weaving together asinine references (Tony Montana, Double Dutch) to emotionally-charged lines about his sordid love life and his relationship with his mother.

Listen in below:

I’d also like to point out that on the cover art, Pharoah has re-appropriated Drake’s OVO owl, making it look like the Tootsie Roll pop mascot. Oh Pharoah.

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