Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Supa On Flics: Dave Chappelle's Block Party
You're invited to the party of the decade!
Synopsis: Dave Chappelle's Block Party spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party. The unprecedented combination of comedy and music was shot on location. In addition to Mr. Chappelle performing all-new material, the stellar roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and - reunited for their first performance in over seven years - the Fugees.
Supa's mini-review: So since the dreaded Narnia, Supa's been real non-negotiable when it comes down to family movie night. After the suggestions went into the pot this weekend (The Hills Have Eyes, Madea's Family Reunion, Pink Panther, Aquamarine), Supa/Ms. Mom vetoed all that bullshyt and said, "Put your coats on, we're going to see Block Party." See that's how you do it. Give the children a chance to voice their own desires & choices, listen with love & respect, then shut 'em down. Just shut their asses down. Supa's slogan at the pad: "This 'aint no democracy--until you payin' a bill with your name on it, it's a dictatorship up in this piece!" Heh. But no, they do punk me from time to time - but not Saturday night. So off to The Block Party we went....
Bottom line: This movie is a love letter, and a MUST SEE for those who hail from the original hip-hop generation. To watch Dave organize his "vision" from behind the scenes, from the backstage footage of the artists, to witnessing the live performances (in front of a crowd of unified, beautiful black people) - the most beautifullest thing in the world, man. Good shit. Pure art.
SO yeah, Supa was head-bobbin' and throwin' her hands in the air, while the RR's shrunk in their seats in embarrassment and shame. But they enjoyed it. And it felt good (as a bona-fide hip-hop momma) to further expose them to true MC's and acts such as Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Big Daddy Kane, Black Thought, Fugees, Dead Prez, & Common, to name a few.
WARNING: There is explicit language in this film. Supa did the old school "cover your ears" thing....