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....

15 comments:

Miss Ahmad said...

****First!***

Gosh I gotta make some time to get to the movies! I wanna go see this one soo bad just so i can take Dave off Tom Watch!

Supa said...

@ Ms. Ahmad - OK, take Dave off Tom Watch for 2hrs so u can go enjoy the movie!! lol

nikki said...

i'm gonna try and catch that this weekend. as you know from my blog, i have no problem with cussing. LOL

Single Ma said...

Oooh I wanna see this too! I was waiting to read a real review.

Dee said...

I want 2 see it!!!! I 2 am a hip-hop mamma.........

African girl, American world said...

been tryna see this for weeks....
good review and LOL @ embarrasing the young ones!
thanks for listening :)

P.S And I feel ya on those choices..Shitty mess Pink Panther?! Who in love with B wanting to see that crap?

Cocoa Girl said...

I've been dying to see it, too. I was invited to go but didn't want to get kidnapped at an undisclosed location (outdoors) for 9 hours. So, I kind of bailed...

Damn, damn, damn!

dpm said...

Man. This dude had a euphoric concert complete with appearances by Cool Herc, Kanye, Mos, the Roots! Man, if you like Dave, you'll like this movie. But if you love Hip Hop, you'll love this movie.

This man threw the epitome of a Hip Hop show. My favorite part was when 'Clef busted out with "Mona Lisa, Can I get a date on Friday? And if you're busy I wouldn't mind taking Saturday-ay-ay Yay-hey-hey. Round up the posse Fugees coming 'round the way..."

On one level, I think Hip Hop is gonna die out with our generation. Everytime I see a show with 30 somethings headlining, it just makes me question whether the younger generations can carry the torch.

Good luck Kanye!

Supa said...

So DPM (or anyone else): The RR's asked me something, and I was at a loss.

When Clef sings "If I were President, I'd be elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday, buried on Sunday..then BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY?"

What Clef talkin' bout, Mommy? If he's dead, then how can he go back to work?

ME: *shoulder shrug*? Thinking: Damn, is the n*gga JESUS?!?!!

nikki said...

supa...if you've seen a wyclef interview you'd know the answer to that question...yes, yes the brotha think he's jesus. actually, more like GOD.

Supa said...

@ Nikki: Thanks, and oh lawd @ Clef.

Sangindiva said...

I am laughing so hard at this post!!
Girl I love yo' Gemini ass!!! I love the way
you listen and nurture the chillin's and the SHUT IT DOOOWN!!! Now THAT"S how I roll- so we must be kindred spirits or sisters or sumpin'.
Now I must admit- I am a late 70's girly- not 25 but certainly not 30...
but I don't think I'm a true hip-hop head.
I'm more of a Rhythm & Blues Muze... but I admire the cleverness of the old school rappers more than the
girl, you fine- bump and grind bull shit of today.
So I will check this out so that I can be enlightened.
Thanx for the comic relief!!

Supa said...

@ Singin' Diva: Shut 'em down..just shut their asses down!! Glad you're feeling better sweetie!

Brave Lurker said...

Oh My God! My husband and I w/a few others over 30s were straight bobbin' and yelling up in the movie theatre on opening night. I grew up in DC and remember block parties where everybody just came to dance, mack and have a blast.

I shuddered when Kanye came out w/no damn breath control on every song. Yet, Big Daddy Kane flowed and I barely heard the brother breathe. Kanye should have had a notepad and pencil. I'm not one for copping DVDs but a sista will spend a few of her bucks on this one heanh!

Supa said...

@ Brave: Ai'ight! Can't wait to add this one to my dvd library..and I almost didn't recognize Big Daddy Kane - the voice yeah, but that brotha on SWOLE status!! :)

He's still Big Daddy, tho!