After Pete Davidson had been on “Saturday Night Live” for eight years, Eminem made a surprise cameo in a parody of his and Dr. Dre’s 1999 hit “Forgot About Dre” as a way to say goodbye. Eminem appeared on the May 21 season 47 finale of “Saturday Night Live” as part of a cut-for-time musical sketch that paid tribute to “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels.
In the skit, Davidson raps about the legendary producer’s accomplishments. He says that the producer helped John Belushi, David Spade, Tina Fey, and Will Ferrell become well-known comedians.
At the beginning of the sketch, host Natasha Lyonne goes up to Davidson and tells him that Michaels is upset because Davidson is leaving and he won’t be able to fulfil his longtime dream of starring with the young comedian in one of his parodies of music videos.
“That guy has literally done everything for me, so I’m going to pay him back by doing this rap video exactly the way he wrote it,”” Davidson tells Lyonne, holding Lorne’s trashed script.
With the famous “1999” beat as a guide, Davidson shows up dressed as Michaels, surrounded by awards, and raps about the sought-after producer, whose face can be seen in deep fakes all over the video. He brags about how good his Rolodex is by mentioning people like Joe Biden, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon.
“So what do you say about a comedy great? Been doing it himself for half a century straight,”Davidson raps, copying Eminem’s punchy style.
Just as Davidson gets good at imitating Eminem, the famous rapper himself shows up off-camera and yells at the “King of Staten Island” star. Eminem looks at Davidson with a poker face, which is what he does best.
“It’s another parody, it’s like another tribute or something?” he asks, to which Davidson responds “Yeah, this is like the third one.”
“Yeah, they all suck. Just please, stop,” he tells Davidson. With a face of confusion, the 28-year-old comedian tries to explain, “Honestly we just do these because we love you so much, it’s like a tribute.”
“Pete, don’t fucking do it again,” Eminem reacts, pointing his finger at Davidson who looks over at a character playing Michaels and yells, “You blew it!”
The “SNL” star has been the star of other Eminem parodies on the show. Most recently, Davidson turned Eminem’s “Stan” into the Santa Claus-inspired “Stu,” a sketch in which Eminem also made a cameo appearance.