Dave Chappelle Brings Out Janelle Monae, Busta Rhymes at Radio City Music Hall
DJ Premier also performed -- with a 45-piece orchestra! -- at Chappelle's latest show.
On Wednesday night (June 25), Dave Chappelle continued his tour de force music/comedy residency at New York's Radio City Music Hall by bringing out Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, DJ Premier and a 45-piece orchestra following another lovingly received stand-up performance.
Chappelle delivered the same routine he had been trotting out at prior performances -- no spoilers on this web page, you can read a full recap of the topics covered here -- and was once again met with rapturous applause and steady laughs. Following an extended intermission after his set, Chappelle introduced New York legend DJ Premier, who greeted the audience with a cry of, "When I say Dave, you say Chappelle!" Soon after his onstage arrival, another curtain rose and the producer was joined by an orchestra, who gamely supported him on Gang Starr and Nas cuts.
Premier ceded the floor to Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star, who snarled through a 13-minute set as the clock ticked past 11:00 PM. "Ante Up," "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See" and "Pass the Courvoisier, Part II" were all dropped, and at the end of the short set, Rhymes -- clad in red military garb -- barked, "Dave Chappelle, we love you. Thank you. Don't you ever leave us again!"
After Rhymes wrapped, Chappelle returned to the stage to introduce Monae, whom he said he met at Prince's recent secret show in Hollywood. Monae opened her set with her Prince collaboration, "Givin Em What They Love," and shimmied into another "Electric Lady" highlight, "Dance Apocalyptic."
The musical performance followed guest spots by Kanye West, Nas, the Roots and Chrisette Michelle during Chappelle's 10-night stint at Radio City. On Thursday night, Erykah Badu -- who appeared in "Dave Chappelle's Block Party," among many other hip-hop icons -- will share the stage with the beloved comedian.