Dave Chappelle continued his 16-show Radio City residency last night (8/15). Every show so far has had some surprise unannounced guests, but this was the only one actually billed as "Very Special Guest," so you knew it had to be legitimately special. And it was: Kendrick Lamar, who had a night off from his ongoing DAMN. Tour (which hit Barclays Center in July and returns to the area for a Prudential Center show on 8/25). Chappelle had previously interviewed Kendrick Lamar earlier this year, and he further discussed Kendrick's greatness in an interview on Hot 97.
Questlove (whose band The Roots played the first four shows in Chappelle's residency) was in attendance and he Instagrammed Kendrick's setlist (see below). Kendrick did a full set, with "DNA," "ELEMENT," "King Kunta," "Collard Greens," "Swimming Pools," "Backseat Freestyle," "LOYALTY," "m.A.A.d City," "PRIDE," "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," "Alright," "HUMBLE," and more. The night also featured frequent Chappelle collaborators Neal Brennan, Wil Sylvince and Donnell Rawlings (aka Ashy Larry from Chappelle's Show).
DJ Bossa Nova also caught the show and wrote:
What a way to end this trip to NYC. First @davechapelle is a beast in ever sense of the word. He talked about what's going on in the world and in this country and how we need to join and help each other. Doesn't matter what our background, race , sexual preference or gender is. Besides the serious issues I don't think I've ever laugh that hard in my life from start to finish. Then this mofo brought out @kendricklamar as the musical guest. I'm done. Kendrick killed it tonight. I must also say it felt good not having access to a phone and actually being in the moment and listening without distractions.. Bucket List
Chappelle and Kendrick will meet again at Rihanna's Diamond Ball in NYC on September 14.
Chappelle's Radio City residency continues Thursday (8/17) with Chance the Rapper, and other upcoming guests include Childish Gambino (8/19), Lauryn Hill (8/20), Solange (8/22), Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) & Talib Kweli (8/23), and more.
Here's more from the Kendrick show: