The latter showed up first at Madlib’s Noise Pop festival DJ set, offering some semi-freestyles verses and revealing to the audience that he recorded the first verse of the new Black Star album the day before. According to a report from sfgate.com, the rapper even rapped the verse in real time, telling fans “I’m so excited, I don’t even know how to feel. I f**k with the Bay Area.”
Following that, Chappelle arrived after a late set at the Punch Line comedy club, where he joined Bey and Madlib onstage.
“Listen, this is the beginning of a new day. This is the kindest conspiracy,” Chappelle told the crowd. “It don’t matter what anybody says. All we gotta do is commit to being kind to one another.”
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From there, Bey and Chappelle passed the mic back and forth between each other, with the former rapping and the latter making jokes while also offering advice. But a standout moment from the performance came toward the end, when Chappelle stage dived into the audience, which was followed by the comedian leading them in a lively rendition of The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly.”
Earlier this month Bey made another appearance at a Madlib concert, where he revealed that Black Star, the rap duo made up of him and Talib Kweli, was releasing a new album this year.
“New Black Star with Madlib, Talib Kweli, Yasiin, coming soon!” Bey said during a Madlib DJ set in Denver, Colorado. “All Madlib, all day. 2018, Madlib, Black Star. Madlib Black Star.”