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Drake earns raves as SNL host

Rapper Drake delivers his opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 18, 2014. NBC

Hip-hop star Drake is earning raves for his hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.

The show started with a sketch of the Toronto rapper sending up disgraced Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez.

In a mock interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, played by Taran Killam, “A-Rod” said he’s suing Major League Baseball and the players’ union over his 162-game suspension for steroid use.

“I’m also suing steroids for being inside of me,” he said.

Then, in his opening monologue, Drake joked about his hometown and Mayor Rob Ford.

“One thing you may not know about me is that I’m actually Canadian,” he said.

“I grew up and still live in Toronto. The city of Toronto, where the rappers are polite and the mayor smokes crack — It was one time. He tried it one time.”

He also referred to his acting role in Degrassi: The Next Generation — when he was known as Aubrey Graham — and followed up with a skit which played up his mixed Jewish and black background.

Pretending to be at his 1999 bar mitzvah, he rapped, “I eat knishes with my b___es” and “I celebrate Hannukah, dated Rihannakah.”

Later in the show, he performed a number of his hits including Started from the Bottom and Hold On, We’re Going Home.