“Natalie’s Rap 2.0” is the sequel to the original “Natalie’s Rap” by The Lonely Island featuring Natalie Portman. This second installment was released in 2018, again as a digital short for “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). Similar to the first rap, Natalie Portman presents a persona that contrasts sharply with her public image. The sequel continues the theme of juxtaposing her clean-cut, sophisticated image with a more aggressive, “hardcore” rap persona.
In “Natalie’s Rap 2.0,” Portman raps about new aspects of her life, including being a mother, while still maintaining the aggressive and vulgar demeanor from the original.
The video also featured a cameo by Andy Samberg, one of the members of The Lonely Island and a former SNL cast member, and even a brief moment with Alex Moffat playing a character meant to be reminiscent of a young, prequel-era Obi-Wan Kenobi, which nods to Portman’s role as Padmé Amidala in the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy.
As with the original, “Natalie’s Rap 2.0” was generally well-received for its humor, clever writing, and Portman’s committed performance. It quickly became a viral hit after its release, adding to the legacy of the original skit.