Here’s how much juice Dave Chappelle has now: At his request, the Fugees buried the hatchet after eight years of feuding and reunited for a performance before just a few hundred music fans in Brooklyn on Saturday. The reunited best-selling rap trio was the surprise highlight of a day-long block party organized and hosted by the Comedy Central star for a movie project, MTV News reports.
Only former Fugee frontwoman Lauryn Hill had been on the bill. ”We were going to have Lauryn Hill perform tonight but Columbia [Records] wouldn’t clear her songs,” Chappelle told the expectant crowd. ”So she came up with a better idea. Ladies and gentleman — the Fugees!” Hill and former bandmates Wyclef Jean and Pras performed such hits as ”Nappy Heads (Remix),” ”Ready or Not,” ”Fu-Gee-La,” and of course, ”Killing Me Softly.” To show there was no bad blood, they also performed Hill’s solo hit ”Lost Ones,” a song widely interpreted as her kiss-off to her former bandmates.
Chappelle had modeled the all-day show, on the streets of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, after the 1972 soul-music-and-comedy concert Wattstax in Los Angeles, filmed for a 1973 movie and recently released on DVD. Chappelle emceed the show and did comedy bits (including his parodic imitation of R. Kelly) between musical acts. Also on the bill were rapper Kanye West and R&B singers Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, who was part of another mini-reunion, with ex-boyfriend Common. E! Online reports that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry filmed the event for a concert movie with an eye toward theatrical and DVD release next year.