One of the best parts about watching Chappelle’s Show was the musical guest at the end of every episode. Not only was Chappelle a comedic mastermind, and the producer of one of the best comedies of all-time, he also had a great ear for hip hop music. He’d bring on acts like Mos Def, Common, Kanye (pre-Yeezus, even), and Talib Kweli. He even got the Wu Tang Clan to participate in one of the funnier sketches the show ever had.
One guy that never made his way onto Chappelle’s Show? Nas.
The legend is currently touring around, showing off the awesomeness that is Illmatic, an album that is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. As part of that tour, Nas has agreed to do a show with Chappelle, who had been off the celebrity landscape for about a decade, at Radio City Music Hall on June 23. The show will also feature a live orchestra, because, you know, they can.
If you want a good idea of how good Chappelle’s taste in hip hop truly is, check out the documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, a film he put together that was released in 2006. Featured in the film: Dead Prez, Kanye West (with John Legend), Fugees, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Big Daddy Kane, and quite a few more.
I miss Chappelle’s Show, but his stand-up is pretty stellar as well. Maybe this will be the start of something.