Fans gathered in the rain Saturday in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood to enjoy performances from such acts Common, the Roots, Kanye West and the reunited Fugees. Dubbed "Block Party," the event wa
Fans gathered in the rain Saturday in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood to enjoy performances from such acts Common, the Roots, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Jill Scott and the reunited Fugees. Dubbed "Block Party," the event was conceived by comedian Dave Chappelle and captured by director Michel Gondry for a concert film and documentary due next year.
The location (the intersection of Quincy and Downing Streets) was initially shrouded in secrecy -- fans signed up for free tickets online and were then bused to the site from Chinatown. Hundreds of attendees braved the rain and chilly evening, many of which were decked out in ponchos in an attempt to stay dry.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was a reunion of hip-hop trio the Fugees, who have remained largely inactive since touring in support of the 1996 album "The Score." Despite the acrimony between members Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras, the group gamely offered renditions of its own "Fu-Gee-La," a cover of the Roberta Flack-popularized "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and Hill's "Lost Ones."
Elsewhere, former love interests Common and Erykah Badu dueted on "The Light" and "Love of My Life," while West was backed by a band led by the Roots' ?uestlove for such tracks as "Spaceship," "Two Words and "We Don't Care."