THE controversial comedian closed out 2023 with a nearly hour-long stand-up performance that reflected on his own dreams and those of powerful men.
“The Dreamer” saw Chappelle, 50, ridiculing Will Smith, praising Chris Rock and mocking the transgender community (Again). As a grand finale, Chappelle delivered a dig at the 24-year-old Grammy winner, one that the musician ultimately brushed aside.
“I know a dreamer when I see one, and I have met many powerful dreamers in my life,” he said, “none more powerful than a man who calls himself Lil Nas X.”
Chappelle remembers meeting the “Industry Baby” singer (real name Montero Lamar Hill) at a party, not knowing who he was. He said the rapper (“dressed like C-3PO”) approached him and told him he tried to get the comedian to star in his music video.
“Which video?” Chappelle said. “'You know what video,' and (he) walked away.”
The comedian said the interaction reminded him of primary school teachers asking their pupils about their aspirations. After morbid asides about how dreams of becoming a firefighter or president of the United States didn't come true, Chappelle turned to Lil Nas
Speaking about his views on a young Lil Nas I want to make a music video and slide down a strip pole to the depths of hell… at 10 p.m. on BET while all the kids are awake and can see me.
In 2020, Lil Nas Musical clip for his hit “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”. The infamous clip, which shows the singer dancing on a pole and giving Satan a lap dance, sparked backlash from conservative politicians and commentators and sparked a backlash. satanic panic. In June 2021, Lil Nas Inspired by Pharaoh performance that ended with a background dancer kissing him.
“Amazingly, that was the only dream that worked,” Chappelle added in his special.
The comedian's dig at Lil Nas According to Chappelle, Lil Nas wrote: “You all have to let me call you by your name.”
“Me and the devil broke up 3 years ago,” he added. “You’re all acting like children of divorce.”
Unlike Chappelle, Lil Nas X is more than past “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” and its controversy. In another tweet on Wednesday, the Georgia-born rapper teased the next chapter of his music and criticized his enemies.
“At some point you're going to have to realize that I'm God's favorite,” he said before setting a Jan. 12 release date for his new music.