Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine went solo on Saturday to host comedy show “SNL.” Among the many skits he acted in, the highlight of the evening was the digital short titled “YOLO.” Former cast member Andy Sandberg returned and put Levine and rapper Kendrick Lamar's musical talents to good use in parodying last year's annoying party catchphrase.
Levine's opening monologue on “SNL” poked fun at “The Voice,” in which Sandberg was one of the mentors vying to prepare the singer for his hosting gig. Sandberg's return cameo didn't end there as he regrouped his musical comedy group, The Lonely Island, for a digital short on the show. Lamar, who was the night's music guest, joined both Sandberg and Levine for “YOLO.”
Rapper Drake popularized “YOLO” (shorthand for “You only live once”) on his hit, “The Motto,” which inspired countless other party jams last year about living in the moment. The Lonely Island take the term literally in their digital short, emphasizing to live life very carefully in order to avoid death.“You know we are still young so hold off on the fun / Cook your meat 'til it's done 'cause you only live once,” Levine sings on the mid-tempo track. Amidst verses about avoiding drugs and public transportation, Lamar gets in a slick rap on how to save up for retirement. The skit is “YOLO” to the extreme.
“YOLO” previews The Lonely Island's upcoming second album. The single featuring Levine and Lamar was released to iTunes on Sunday.
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