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Kendrick Lamar and Megan Thee Stallion will perform on Saturday Night Live this season, the NBC sketch comedy show announced via Twitter Tuesday (Sept. 20).

On Oct. 1 SNL kicks off season 48 with Top Gun: Maverick actor Miles Teller hosting and Kendrick Lamar as the musical guest. On Oct. 8, Irish actor and filmmaker Brendan Gleeson will be hosting and Willow Smith will peform. The following Saturday (Oct. 15), “Thee Hot Girl Coach” will be pulling double duty as both the host and musical guest.

This will be Kendrick’s third time performing on SNL and Megan’s second time. Both artists released albums this year. First, Kendrick dropped Big Morale & The Big Steppers on May 13. The rapper began the album rollout with releasing “The Heart Part 5.” The video quickly made rounds on social media as it was the Compton native’s first time dropping a solo record since 2017. In the video, the rapper’s face morphs into several deepfakes. It included many Black male celebrities such as OJ Simpson, Will Smith, Jussie Smollett, Kobe Bryant, Kanye West, and Nipsey Hussle. In each verse, he raps touches on a personal topic related to the Black celebrity.  When he’s Ye he raps about West’s struggle with bipolar disorder and for Hussle, he speaks about the Compton rapper’s untimely death in 2019.

Kendrick later followed up with Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers which is split into two volumes of nine tracks with features from Ghostface Killah, Summer Walker, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, Thundercat, Baby Keem, and more.

Megan released Traumazine last month and ever since then the rapper has been constantly showing out she can not only be great as an emcee but also as an actress. The rapper made her acting debut on STARZ’s P-Valley season two where she appeared as her alter ego, Tina Snow. She then appeared on Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law earlier this month.

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