"Dave Chappelle's Block Party" is a 2005 documentary film about — well, people who Chappelle meets on his travels and as he's preparing to host a block party in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. As he goes home to Ohio, the star hands out "golden tickets" to unsuspecting members of the community, as well as to the entire Central State University marching band. Modeled after "Wattstax," a 1973 documentary recounting a momentous black music festival held in the wake of the Watts riots, "Block Party" was also directed by Michel Gondry, who suggested having the party in the small New York neighborhood instead of in Central Park. Despite rain, hip-hop and neo-soul stars including Kanye West, Mos Def, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and the Roots performed at the free concert. Lauryn Hill also made a surprise appearance, singing a few songs with her Fugees bandmates because she was not allowed to sing any from her own album. The film was produced before Chappelle's decision to walk away from a $50-million deal to continue his "Chappelle's Show." It grossed $12 million (on a $3-million budget) and was dedicated to the memory of music producer J Dilla (James Dewitt Yancey), who died of lupus one month before the film's release.
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