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Dave Chappelle's Block Party
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Directed By
Michel Gondry

Written By:
Dave Chappelle

Cast:
Dave Chappelle, Lauryn Hill, Big Daddy Kane, Wyclef Jean, Freeway, James Gray, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Common, Pras, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Pras

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Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)
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Movie Review by Leslie
August 1st, 2006

I love music of all kinds, oldies, rock and roll, country, show tunes, camp songs but am not a huge fan of rap. I have been "forced" to listen to it over the years between my two sons and the people I work with but I really had no desire or interest in watching this film. but as usual my son, Seth talked me into it so I watched it with him today and believe it or not, I was impressed with Dave Chappelle and the whole flick. Dave Chappelle who lives in Dayton, OH decided to assemble some of his favorite rappers to do a show in Brooklyn, NY and to film the whole concert. I have to admit the music was at times to rap for me but by and all I really did enjoy the concept of the movie and found it to be very down to earth, funny and musically awesome. I had never heard of most of the performers but with the narrative that went on between the concert scenes, I found a new sense of rap and realized that is just another form of music that relates to this time in history. Although, some of the language could be different sometimes the words that are used have to be used to get the ideals and visions across. I came away with a respect for rap that I never thought I would have and I believe that Chappelle made a wise and insightive decision to make a movie about it. Lauren Hill appeared with the Fugees and did an awesome rendition of one of my favorite Roberta Flack's song, "Killing me Softy". These rappers are very talented and committed to what they do and for that they have earned my respect...I am not getting rid of my country CD's but I hope to be able to listen to rap now with a much more open mind...good flick!

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Jodie
Dec 14, 2006 6:49 PM
 
Nice review, I'm glad this movie opened you up to rap music and maybe you will give it a second chance!



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