How Dave Chappelle’s Block Party Charted Hip-Hop’s Evolution

The documentary caught the moment hip-hop changed.

by Julian Kimble
When Dave Chappelle’s Block Party arrived in theaters 10 years ago, it marked a moment of significance. Aside from being part of Chappelle’s reemergence after Chappelle’s Show, as the world knew it, ended, the film captured a moment of accidental genius from a man famous for his deliberate manifestations of it. Block Party is the midpoint between storied concert documentaries like The Show and this year’s J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming, and, in retrospect, a poignant snapshot of hip-hop’s transformation into what it is today.

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