Dave Chappelle threw the ultimate block party in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio.
What did you do for the 4th of July? Whatever it was, guarantee it wasn’t better than this.
Dave Chappelle threw a gigantic music festival celebration in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio to celebrate the 4th of July. The event took place on July 3rd and 4th and followed strict COVID-19-related social distance protocols.
The celebration was star-studded. Erykah Badu, Questlove, Common, Talib Kweli, Tiffany Haddish, Michael Che, and Jon Hamm all showed up at Yellow Springs. According to reports, there was a video crew on the premises, and no cell phones were allowed. However, some of the talent there was able to get some footage and post it on their social accounts.
The Roots uploaded some great photos and clips. The highlight was a video of Dave Chappelle, Common, and Talib Kweli performing Eric B & Rakim’s classic “Paid in Full.”
Badu posted a great video of Common and Kweli performing “I Used to Love H.E.R.,” while she rocks out on an MPC.
Cipha Sounds was DJing the event. And, honestly, he was a godsend, uploading multiple videos of the event. Two videos stand out: one is a clip of Chappelle and Badu moshing out to Nirvana’s classic “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” (According to Spin, who was on the scene for the July 4th show, Badu performed the song; Chappelle also did a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”)
The other was a video of Mad Men‘s Jonn Hamm singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin‘.”
Although this seemed like a large event, it was apparently very safe. According to CityBeat, who was at the July 3rd show, there was strict social distancing rules in place. Guests also were required to have their temperatures checked and had to wear a mask at all times.
The talent had to follow those rules.
On Instagram, Questlove talked a bit about the experience. He said he drove to Ohio, got tested, and played the drums live for the first time in four months. (Which has to be a record for Quest.)
Like we mentioned before, there were cameras on hand. Meaning this will probably turn into a new Netflix special. In 2004, Chappelle hosted the Block Party celebration in Brooklyn. A year later, it was released as a movie. Did we just get a first glance look at the official Block Party 2 Netflix special? We will soon find out.
Check out more clips and photos from the event below.
Last month, Chappelle released his latest Netflix special, 8:46. The show, which is 27 minutes long and also available in its entirety on YouTube, features the comedian talking extensively about the death of George Floyd and the protests and uprisings that are happening around the world.