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Drake Performs ‘Hotline Bling’ at a Bat Mitzvah in New York City — Watch

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Mazel tov! While Drake is used to playing sold-out stadiums, the rapper entertained a much smaller audience over the weekend. On Saturday, February 20, the Grammy winner made an appearance at a bat mitzvah in NYC, treating tween partygoers to an intimate performance of his hit song “Hotline Bling."

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In videos posted to social media, Drake, 29, is seen interacting closely with the crowd — even serenading one very lucky unnamed girl, presumably the guest of honor, with “Hotline Bling.” In addition to singing his viral track, the hip-hop star also performed “Sweet Sixteen” and his collaboration with Fetty Wap, “My Way.”

It’s unknown whether Drake was hired for the gig or if he was invited as a guest. In 2011, he was reportedly paid $250,000 to take the stage at the bar mitzvah of the son of Jeff Zucker, then the president of NBC Universal.

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The Toronto native, who is Jewish, reimagined his own bar mitzvah for his music video for “HYFR” back in 2012.

“Jewish kids didn’t understand how I could be black and Jewish, ’cause we’re all young. It was just stupid, annoying rich kids that were closed-minded and mean, so I dealt with that more than anything,” he told Vibe in a 2013 interview. “But it had everything to do with being Jewish, not being black. Like, ‘Why is this guy having a bar mitzvah?’ It was just tough for them to understand.”

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