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JULY 10, 2006
One Night in Brooklyntown


Have you seen Dave Chappelle's Block Party yet? No? Get off your ass and rent it or get it from NetFlix now. I can't believe I haven't seen this sooner. I was on the edge of my seat for almost 2 hours. Who else besides Dave Chappelle can gather a group of artists like this? Jill Scott dueting with Erykah Badu backed up by the Roots?! John Legend singing with Kanye?! ?uestlove drumming for everyone?! Common and Erykah. Mos Def (man, that cat is talented). Big Daddy Kane?! Talib Kweli. Dead Prez. And then, BAM -- Lauryn Hill.Pras.Wyclef -- Reunion!! I mean, getting the Fugees back together? Who does that?

The energy that ran through that event -- even the preparations leading up to the day in Bed-Stuy -- were magical. Dave Chappelle's fame and good fortune allowed him to give back to the people, to spread a positive vibe commanded by music. This is the true spirit of hip-hop. One Love.

Seriously, to gather that caliber of musicians, artists, rappers and singers together for one event -- and to bus in all those people from Ohio -- takes a big heart and a lot of muscle. But to do it so humbly ... impressive.

Man, I wish more of that kind of shit went down. Gathering thousands of people together for a free concert where no one has a clue who's going to perform and to get surprise after surprise -- now that's the way to put on a show.

Having just really visited Brooklyn for the first time for a decent length of time, I get it. I understand -- and feel -- the passion that people feel for that city. Brooklyn is a special place that's teeming with energy and verve. People there have a strong love for their home. I mean, the music festival in Prospect Park is called Celebrate Brooklyn. Every artist on that stage during the movie give big props to Brooklyn -- and now having the experience, I know why.

Seriously, you haven't gone to get the DVD yet? Go. Now.

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