#Interview Jay Pharoah Talks Hosting AMAs, Hotline Bling With Donald Trump and Shia LaBeouf’s Rap Skills

Donald Trump and Jay Pharoah Performing 'Hotline Bling'
Donald Trump and Jay Pharoah Performing 'Hotline Bling'

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah is easily one of my favorite impressionists, so it was cool to do a phone interview with him on Thursday for a story for Yahoo Music.

Jay’s co-hosting the American Music Awards on Sunday, so I asked him which celebrities should expect to be the subject of his jokes. But he would not reveal any names. He did say that nothing was off limits. I did get him to talk about the time president-elect Donald Trump hosted SNL last year and made a cameo in Pharoah’s parody video of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” He described his impression of “Panda” rapper Desiigner, said he was not surprised by Shia LaBeouf’s rap skills displayed on Sway in the Morning’s Five Fingers of Death segment, and also gave some updates on his forthcoming rap album.

Visit Yahoo Music to read the interview.

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Billy Johnson, Jr., a former senior editor for Yahoo Music for 17 years, has been covering hip-hop, R&B and pop music since 1991 and has interviewed the likes of Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Eminem and Mary J. Blige. His work has additionally been featured in Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The Source, Upscale and more. Billy has appeared as a music expert on CNN.com, Tavis Smiley, E!, The Insider, BET, VH-1, ABC, FOX, AXS-TV, TV Guide, NPR, KNX, KFI, WCAP, WBZ, among others.

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