After much talk, rapper/singer Drake finally got his chance to host The 2014 ESPYS. By most accounts, Drizzy did a pretty bang-up job, poking good fun at most of the big name athletes in the building, including an utterly hilarious sketch with L.A. Clippers star Blake Griffin and one-time arch nemesis Chris Brown.
However, the highlight of the night came when Drake slowed the evening down and performed two songs dedicated to the second best in the game, “Honorable Mention” and “Side Pieces.” Dressed in an off-white ensemble best described as elderly uncle cruisewear, took shots at all the losers in sports (and threw a heaping helping of shade Macklemore‘s way) while singing “Honorable Mention.” Sample lyric: “Real talent doesn’t always win championships like real music doesn’t always win GRAMMYs.” Ouch.
But Drake was not done, dedicating another song to the other second place finishers, the “Side Pieces.” Singing of the ladies (and gentlemen) who sit home alone on big nights like last night but are still there to (secretly) hold their baller down. As the song reached the peak of ridiculousness, Drake then brought out “The King of Side Pieces” Brian McKnight to cap things off.
Needless to say, by the end of the impromptu concert, the audience, both at home and at the show, was in stitches. If you didn’t happen to catch it, check out Drake bringing the musical funny right here.