Dave Chappelle’s 2017 “Block Party” Is Indoors & It’s Going To Be Mos Def
With 2005’s Block Party, Dave Chappelle released one of music’s most beloved concert films, a mishmash of comedy, Hip-Hop, and live performance. With Erykah Badu, Mos Def, The Roots, and many more in tow, Chappelle’s documentary showcased the talents of some of Rap and Neo-Soul’s luminaries at a Brooklyn, New York street festival for throngs of adoring fans. Today (June 27), it has been announced that some of those artists are once again performing in tandem with the comedy icon, as are Chance The Rapper, Lauryn Hill, Chris Rock, and others.
As reported by Pitchfork, Chappelle has announced more details about the lineup for his August residency at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, news of which first broke earlier this month. It is now official, however: Chance The Rapper, Lauryn Hill and Yasiin Bey have all been added to the lineup, which already included Childish Gambino, Erykah Badu, Chris Rock, the Roots, Trevor Noah, and Ali Wong.
August 1 through 6, 9, 15, 17-20, and 23-24 will feature standup from Dave Chappelle and performances from his special guests, including some surprises not made public. Tickets are on sale now.
Chappelle has often injected his comedy career with energy similar to that captured in Block Party, mixing up his standup gigs with surprise appearances from comedians and musicians. Also a signature element of Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, the marriage of music and laughter is Chappelle’s brand of entertainment, and he always seems eager to share the spotlight with some of his megawatt friends. In 2014, he landed his first residency at New York City’s legendary Radio City Music Hall, bringing with him co-headliners The Roots, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, and DJ Premier. His ability to curate yet another all-star, once-in-a-lifetime roster of musical and comedy guests speaks directly to Chappelle’s pull, surely. But perhaps more importantly, it proves that despite his controversial exit from comedy following his fallout with Comedy Central (that could have very well ended his career), his raw talent and sheer determination make him one of the most beloved creative minds of his generation. There are few who could pull this off.