|Dave Chappelle's Block Party|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michel Gondry|
|Produced by||Dave Chappelle|
|Written by||Dave Chappelle|
|Music by||Corey Smyth|
|Distributed by||Rogue Pictures|
|Box office||$12.1 million|
The film and its soundtrack are dedicated to the memory of music producer J Dilla who died of 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.
The film follows Chappelle during the summer of 2004, ending on 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.
Chappelle 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.
|Dave Chappelle's Block Party|
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|Released||March 14, 2006|
|Recorded||September 18, 2004|
|Genre||Neo-soul, alternative hip hop, East Coast hip hop|
A compilation of "music from and inspired by" the film was released on March 14, 2006.
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.
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 crs.
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. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 92% of critics gave positive reviews based on 125 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 witty, infectious humor and outstanding musical performances." 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. The DVD has sold a total of 1,240,405 copies since 2006, grossing a total of $18,776,445.