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Chance the Rapper on SNL | still from video

Typically, Saturday Night Live’s final episode of the year is massive. It’s where the writers, players and guests pull out all the stops before taking a month off. And last night was no exception, particularly on the musical front.

Chicago hip-hop king Chance the Rapper – whose excellent Coloring Book was recently named The Key’s top album of 2016 – made his return to Studio 8H after debuting on the show just over a year ago. Backed by a glorious big band, Chance performed “Finish Line / Drown” from Coloring Book with guest vocals from fellow Chi-town rapper Noname and “Same Drugs” with a surprise piano solo from Francis & The Lights.



Chance also showed up in two sketches — he’s in D.M.C. attire for Keenan Thompson’s digital short “Jingle Barack,” spoofing Run D.M.C.’s “Christmas in Hollis” — with the lyrics instead taking a comical look at the final Christmas with President Barack Obama in office.


He also appears for a quick moment in a Christmas pageant sketch alongside host Casey Affleck and cast members Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong.


Listen to Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Bookhere.

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