Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

UPDATE: Some people were having trouble listening to Boom! because it was in .m4a format. I am deeply saddned by this, as the song is absolutely incredible, so i have converted it to .mp3. You can download it HERE or below.


Those of you who haven’t gone out and seen Dave Chappelle’s new documentary, Block Party, are really missing out. I have seen the movie twice, both sober and elevated, and I enjoyed it both times (which is impressive). The documentary, directed by Michel Gondry (of Eternal Sunshine and the White Stripes videos fame), is incredibly well put together, and is a truly insightful look into a completely different side of hip-hop, R&B, and soul music. Dave decides to organize an all-day block party in an unsuspecting neighborhood in Brooklyn, which features some real characters (like the owners of the Broken Angel). He goes to Ohio and gives out free tickets to the show to people who wouldn’t normally come to a concert like the one Dave is putting on.

Too long have horrible rap artists been dominating the hip-hop scene. Many people who dislike the hip-hop genre do not realize that not all the artists create commercial crap like Mike Jones, Paul Wall, 50 Cent, or Sean Paul. The artists featured in Block Party stray in a quite different direction. These musicians promote awareness, and have messages in their music, rather than rapping about ho’s, ice, and grillz. The music in Block Party is a different brand altogether, and is truly enjoyable for people with different music tastes.

The concert features performances by some of Dave’s (and my) favorite artists, including Kanye West, The Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Cody ChestnuTT, Common, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and most especially, a reunited Fugees. Highlights include Lauryn Hill’s stunning rendition of “Killing Me Softly”, Kanye’s “Jesus Walks” (with the Central State Marching Band playing the bassline), and Talib Kweli and Mos Def (known together as Blackstar) performing their masterpiece, “Definition”.

Those looking for Chappelle’s Show Season III in this movie will be sorely disappointed, as this movie shies away from Dave’s skit style of his famous TV show, and shows Dave in a more real light. That being said, don’t think this movie is all serious, as Dave is way too funny for that. I’m not a frequent movie-goer, but Block Party was well worth the money, and I can’t wait to purchase the DVD, so I can hear the soulful performances of these underappreciated artists whenever I want.

I have put up a few songs that are featured in the movie (and are some of my favorite songs), but not the live movie versions (Which you can listen to on the official Block Party site HERE). I recommend you check out all the music that these fine artists have to offer.

The RootsBoom! (ft. Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap) (now in .mp3 format) [download or die]
The RootsYou Got Me (ft. Erykah Badu & Jill Scott)
Dead PrezHip Hop
Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Definition [download or die]
Mos DefUmi Says
CommonThe Light (ft. Erykah Badu)
Kanye WestGet Em High (ft. Talib Kweli & Common) [download or die]

Buy the Dave Chappelle Block Party soundtrack HERE.
Buy Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Blackstar HERE [buy or die]

ALSO, in other Bloc(k) Party related news, Derek at GWFAS has created a megapost, compiling every B-side and remix of Bloc Party’s. I recommend a hidden gem, the Banquet Apathy Remix.

– Zack

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7 Responses to Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

  1. Anonymous says:

    Altho I’m not much of a rap fan, I have to agree. These are the only artists that I actually respect. Thanks for the post.

  2. Zack says:

    You’re welcome. thanks for showing interest. If you enjoy these guys, i have a few more artists you might like, just IM me at SmootIsMyIdol, or email me at allthingsgoblog@gmail.com

  3. troy. says:

    Zack — what’s the deal w/ Boom? It’s m4a file format, which I’ve never heard of (and I’m pretty sure Media Player can’t play). I need to hear this song. Any help would be appreciated.

  4. Zack says:

    Dearest Troy,

    because i love you, and only you, so much, i have converted the song to .mp3. For the record, get itunes so you can listen .mp3s, .aacs, .m4as and whatnot. It also organizes your music very neatly. But anyways, you can find the .mp3 version in place of the old one and at the top of the post. Enjoy the song, its absolutely incredible.

  5. troy. says:

    Much obliged! And in my defense, I’m at work and needed a fix, as the Gov’t computers don’t got the iTunes (and downloading any software is heavily frowned upon and punishable by medical interrogations by the FBI).

  6. Anonymous says:

    BLACKSTAR!!!

    –darkness

  7. PPC MAFIA says:

    one moment please!

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