Young Thug made his Saturday Night Live debut on Oct. 16 with a little help from his friends.
For his first time as musical guest on the long-running NBC sketch comedy show, the 30-year-old Atlanta rapper brought out Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker for assistance on his amped-up track “Tick Tock.” Backed by a high-energy guitarist and bass player, Thugger rocked a fuzzy pink-and-black tiger print jacket while a shirtless Barker held down the beats in a pink beanie.
Over the summer, Barker backed YT during the rapper’s NPR “Tiny Desk” concert. The drummer closed out the show with an impressive solo on “Ski.”
Actor Rami Malek hosted the Oct. 16 episode of SNL, where Thug made his proper debut as a musical guest debut after joining Megan Thee Stallion onstage to perform their “Don’t Stop” collab last year.
For his second song, Young Thug slowed things down with a moving performance of “Love You More,” from his just-released second album, Punk. In addition to Barker, the rapper was also joined by Fun. singer Nate Ruess and fellow hip-hop artist Gunna. Keeping the pink color theme intact, Thugger donned a puffy pink fur coat with a lighter shade of pants to match.
Young Thug and his label YSL Records’ Billboard 200-topping collaborative album Slime Language 2 came out in April. But his latest studio release, Punk, dropped on Friday through YSL Records/300 Entertainment. The new set features guest appearances by Post Malone, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Travis Scott, Future, Doja Cat and J Cole, along with late rappers Juice WRLD and Mac Miller.