Rapper Travis Scott made his performance and acting debut on “Saturday Night Live” last night in the second episode of the show’s 44th season hosted by Awkwafina. The Astroworld singer delivered two separate performances during the episode, one being a medley of “Skeletons” and “Astrothunder” and the second with “Sicko Mode.” The first performance of the night has surely made a few more headlines than the latter, thanks to rock guitarists John Mayer and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker joining as part of Scott’s band.
The all-star performances of “Skeletons” and “Astrothunder” can be watched in full in the video above. Mayer had initially contributed to “Astrothunder” from Scott’s Astroworld album alongside jazz bassist Thundercat, while Parker helped produce the instrumentation for “Skeletons.” The three popular artists put all of their talents together for Scott’s “SNL” debut with Parker handling the song’s core bottom end on bass with Mayer and his black PRS/Fender mashup guitar went with more of an atmospheric sound to compliment the arrangement.
Unfortunately, Drake wasn’t available to perform in person for his part of “Sicko Mode” like the two did in Houston recently, as fans in the audience and watching on television were forced to settle with his pre-recorded verse before Scott comes in around the video’s one-minute mark. The rapper even has some experimental fun with his synth and drum pads during the latter half of the performance, which can be seen below.
In addition to performing three of his own songs during the episode, Scott also took to the acting stage to join regular “SNL” cast-members in giving “West Side Story” a cultural update, sort of. Scott, along with Awkwafina, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson and Leslie Jones, engage in a street-heavy dance-off to the familiar music of the “Jeopardy” theme.
Fans can watch Scott perform all his new songs when he hits the road for his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour starting next month and continuing into December. Tickets for select shows on the tour are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.