Dave Chappelle's Block Party

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Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Dave Chappelle's Block Party (movie poster).jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Michel Gondry
Produced by Dave Chappelle
Michel Gondry
Written by Dave Chappelle
Starring Dave Chappelle
Music by Corey Smyth
Cinematography Ellen Kuras
Production
  company
Bob Yari Productions
Distributed by Rogue Pictures
Release date(s)
  • September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03) (United States)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million[1]
Box office $12,051,924[2]

Dave Chappelle's Block Party, also known as Block Party, is a 2005 documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry.[3] Its format is inspired by the documentary Wattstax.[citation needed]

The film and its soundtrack are dedicated to the memory of music producer J Dilla who died from lupus one month before the film's release. The film was officially released at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. The film grossed $12.1 million in the box office and debuted at #6 in its opening weekend, grossing $6 million in 1,200 theaters.

Plot[edit]

The Broken Angel House, the site of the documentary, in May, 2007.

The film follows Chappelle during the summer of 2004, up until September 18, 2004, when he threw a block party on the corner of Quincy Street and Downing Street in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. The film features nearby sites including the Broken Angel House in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn as well as areas in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The film was produced before Chappelle's highly publicized decision to walk away from a $50 million deal to continue his hit Chappelle's Show, and gained prominence after the announcement.

He invited several hip hop and neo-soul musical artists to perform at the party, including Kanye West, Mos Def, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and The Roots along with The Central State University Marching Band. Lauryn Hill was also scheduled to perform at the party, but since Columbia Records refused to release her songs for use in the production, she decided instead to reunite The Fugees for the occasion. In addition, Chappelle performed comedy monologues and sketches in between the musical acts.

Performers[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Live album by Various Artists
Released March 14, 2006 (2006-03-14)
Recorded September 18, 2004
Genre Neo-soul, alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Label Geffen
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
HipHopDX.com 3.5/5 stars link

A compilation of "music from and inspired by" the film was released on March 14, 2006.[4]

The album was released by Geffen Records, and produced by Corey Smyth for Blacksmith Music Corp and Questlove.

  1. Dead Prez – "Hip Hop"
  2. Black Star – "Definition"
  3. Jill Scott – "Golden"
  4. Mos Def – "Universal Magnetic"
  5. Talib Kweli feat. Erykah Badu – "The Blast"
  6. Common feat. Erykah Badu & Bilal – "The Light"
  7. The Roots feat. Big Daddy Kane & Kool G. Rap – "Boom!"
  8. Erykah Badu – "Back in the Day"
  9. Jill Scott – "The Way"
  10. Mos Def – "UMI Says"
  11. The Roots feat. Erykah Badu & Jill Scott – "You Got Me"
  12. Black Star – "Born & Raised"

All the songs were recorded live in concert, except "Born & Raised", an exclusive new studio track from Mos Def and Talib Kweli's Black Star. Many performances, including The Fugees' reunion performance, could not be included due to legal restraints with the groups' record labels.

Chappelle's version of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" was featured in the film, but was not released on the compilation.

Cody chesnuTT was featured in the film with his song ″Parting Ways″ among others, was not released on the compilation but is shown on the end credits.

Box office and critical reception[edit]

The film grossed $11,718,595 in the United States and an additional $333,329 overseas, giving the film a total gross of $12,051,924; based on a $3 million budget, the film was a moderate success.[5] Rotten Tomatoes reported that 92% of critics gave positive reviews based on 124 reviews with an average score of 7.7/10. The general consensus is "Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a raucous return to the spotlight for the comic. Buoyed by Chappelle's witty, infectious humor and outstanding performances from some of the more socially conscious artists in hip-hop like Mos Def, Kayne West, the Roots, and (will wonders never cease?) the reunited Fugees, this documentary/concert film is a joyous experience. With an appealing mix like that, who doesn't want to attend this Party?"[6] Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 84 based on 30 reviews.[7] The DVD has sold a total of 1,240,405 copies since 2006, grossing a total of $18,776,445.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dave Chappelle's Block Party". Box Office Mojo. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dave Chappelle's Block Party". Box Office Mojo. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Dargis, Manohla (March 3, 2006). "A Comedian's Ultimate Goal: Rock the Block". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Matt Millstein (15 July 2006). "Soundtrack: Dave Chappelle's Block Party". Soundtrack.net. Autotelics, LLC. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dave Chappelle's Block Party". Box Office Mojo. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster, Inc. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Block Party Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  8. ^ "Dave Chappelle's Block Party". The Numbers. 

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