Saturday Night Live Makes Jay Z Biopic Starring Mike O’Brien: Watch the Ridiculous Parody!

HOVA goes honky! On Jan. 31, Saturday Night Live made a Lifetime-esque biopic of Shawn Carter, aka Jay Z, starring former castmember-turned-writer Mike O’Brien as the “Empire State” rapper. Though Jay Pharaoh typically does (spot-on) impressions of the “Holy Grail” emcee, the show left the Brooklyn native’s story up to the purposefully awkward O’Brien. 

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He started off the clip standing in the streets and shouting, “Cocaine for sale!” before deciding to become a rapper. In real life, Jay Z was a former drug dealer in the Marcy Projects before giving it up to pursue music.

SNL Mike O'Brien as Jay Z
Mike O’Brien played rapper Jay Z in SNL’s fake biopic on Jan. 31. NBC

The fake biopic also showed Jay’s first interaction with Beyonce (played by Sasheer Zamata). 

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“I’m Sean, err, Jay Z,” O’Brien says.
“I’m Beyonce from Destiny’s Child,” Zamata replies.
“I know who you are. P.S. You’re so pretty!” he says giggling. 

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