Saweetie was exuding her icy charm at Studio 8H on 20th November, with her performance of her brand new single alongwith a medley of familiar tunes during her musical guest debut on Saturday Night Live. The episode hosted by Marvel star Simu Liu aired fresh off the release of Saweetie’s latest track ‘Icy Chain.’
For her first performance, the Bay Area-raised rapper looked resplendent in a bedazzled silver dress while flanked by ballerina backup dancers for a slowed-down rendition of ‘Tap In.’ As the song’s tempo accelerated, Saweetie transitioned into the girl power anthem ‘Best Friend,’ featuring Doja Cat.
With “Best Friend,” Saweetie became the fifth female rapper to secure three No. 1 hits on Billboard‘s Rhythmic Airplay chart. The collab also hit No. 1 on Rap Digital Song Sales and cracked the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Later in the Simu Liu-hosted episode of the NBC comedy series, Saweetie returned to debut her brand new single ‘Icy Chain,’ which was released on 19th November. With a backdrop of brightly lit oversized letters spelling out the word “Icy,” the rapper was clad in a short white skirt while twerking alongside her fellow dancers during the choreographed dance routine.
The new single will appear on Saweetie’s upcoming debut album, Pretty Bitch Music. On the red carpet of the 2021 BET Awards in June, the rapper told Billboard that meeting Cher made her realize she needed to push back the album release and get back in the studio.
“This album needs to have feelings, it needs to have soul, it needs to have spirit. And I have a lot of room for improvement, so I’m gonna work on that,” Saweetie said.
There’s no release date yet for Pretty Bitch Music, but Saweetie said earlier this summer that “it’s coming soon!”
Saweetie has released a handful of singles this year, most recently issuing the Dr. Luke-produced “Icy Chain” after “Get It Girl,” “Fast (Motion),” and “Risky.” In August, she appeared on “Out Out” by Jax Jones and Joel Corry alongside Charli XCX. Charli will close out SNL for the year on December 18 with host Paul Rudd, following Billie Eilish’s double duty as host and musical guest on December 11.
Watch Saweetie’s SNL musical performances below.