5 June 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Throughout his four seasons on Saturday Night Live, Jay Pharoah has been a fixture thanks to his dead-on impressions of Kanye West, Will Smith, and President Obama. But the 26-year-old's skills go beyond imitating celebrities; he's a stand-up comedian with a broader range than just imitations and a particular fondness for hip-hop songs. He spoofed Kanye's "I Am a God" last year with the canine-centric "I Am a Dog," and recently dropped a high-quality video for "Problems," which details a rapper's inability to hold up the facade of having money, women, and stable emotions. Vulture caught up with Pharoah while he was visiting family and friends in Virginia to talk about his upcoming stand-up special, his comedy-rap mixtapes, his future on SNL, and what the show would have done with the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wedding had it gone down before the season finale.What inspired "Problems"?It's a »

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