Fresh of off recent marital bliss, G.O.O.D. artist and out-spoken emcee Kanye West made a guest appearance at Dave Chappelle’s recent stand-up show. Unknown to the audience at the Dave Chappelle performance was that Mr. West was even in the building, and patrons were pleasantly surprised when Kanye West took to the stage to perform some of his hits. Doing what he does best, West delivered a great, high-energy of old and new tracks as the crowd cheered him on.
Although it was Chappelle’s show, West took to the stage to surprise ticket goers with a performance of three iconic songs. New Slaves, Gold Digger, and Jesus Walks were among the roster, and during Gold Digger West moved from the stage to give audience members a closure concert experience. Rapping directly to the crowd, West had everyone hyped to hear more at Radio City Music Hall.
The impromptu concert came as no surprise for Dave Chappelle. It is rumored that the comedian will have performances at almost every one of his stand-up shows during his nine shows tour. Kicking off the tour in New York City, this is the second of three routines Chappelle has at Radio City Music Hall. Though West might be the first surprise performance, acts like Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Janelle Monae, and DJ Premier are set to follow in Kanye’s footsteps. This performance is the first in over a decade for the notorious comedian and is surely an epic experience for fans to enjoy.
Chappelle is no stranger to coupling comedy with good music, but this is the first time he decided to surprise fans with such great artists. In 2005, Chappelle brought some of the most prolific artists to the big screen in his documentary concert movie Block Party. Dedicated to legendary Hip-Hop producer J Dilla, the movie and soundtrack featured Kanye West, Common, Erykah Badu, and more. Not to mention Chappelle’s infamous Comedy Central show always had a musical guest towards the end of the show.
For many that may be unfamiliar with Chappelle’s dose of comedy, he gained notoriety in America for his small comedic roles but reached household fame with his Comedy Central sketch comedy television series The Dave Chappelle Show in 2003. The slapstick humor, social commentary, slew of famous guests and noteworthy impersonations made the show an instant hit among audiences, and it is clear that Dave Chappelle has taken this tradition with him on the road by including Kayne West in his performance. In just two seasons, the show attracted millions of viewers every weekly night and plenty of quotable sketches. Although success came quick with the show, Chappelle bowed out due to creative differences with Comedy Central. Turning down a reported 55 million dollar deal for two more seasons, Chappelle retired from the sketch comedy series to live a more quiet life. Since Comedy Central still owned the majority writes to the show, the third season continued with hosting from Charlie Murphy and Donnell Rawlings.
This stand-up tour marks the highly anticipated return of the sketch comedy king, Dave Chapelle, and the Kanye West concert is a welcomed surprise by audience members and ticket goers. Although the exact dates of the other acts, West got the jump on future surprise appearances and set the tone for future performances.
By Tyler Cole