That time that Dave Chappelle knew Kanye would be famous before everyone else

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In a May 5, 2006 file photo comedian Dave Chappelle attends a reception at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. Chappelle decided to sit out most of his show in Hartford Thursday, Aiug. 29, 2013, because of a noisy audience. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon, file)

It turns out that Aziz Ansari isn't the only standup comedian with Kanye jokes up his sleeve. Much to the chagrin of a bunch of inconsiderate people with no collective social conscious in Hartford, Connecticut, Dave Chappelle has incorporated a new, storytelling style into his standup routine.

Chappelle recently brought the act to the Susquehanna Bank Center with Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival. That same show made its way to Illinois where Chappelle entertained the crowd with a wonderful story about the moment he realized Kanye West would be a huge star. It was before College Dropout was released back in 2004 and, after Kanye and Common performed on Chappelle's Show, Yeezy was previewing some of Chappelle's sketches before they aired.

The first time Kanye West was on television was on the Chappelle's Show. It was the week that The Black Album came out. I'll never forget. We were all sitting in the trailer listening to The Black Album, and Jay-Z says on the record, "Kanyeezy, you's a genius. You did it again,"* and Kanye stopped the tape and pressed rewind. He had that energy. You knew he was gonna be somebody.


He comes to the studio we're all sitting and there watching all these crazy sketches. Nobody had seen any of this sh** before. It was Rick James, all that sh**. All on there. It's on footage, we was all cracking up and then in the middle of it all, Kanye's phone rings. This is when I knew he was gonna be famous.

He answers the phone, he goes, "Hello. Huh? What? Uh uh, I can't. I can't. Cause, I'm at Dave Chappelle's show watching sketches that nobody's ever seen before."

And then he says, "Cause my life is dope, and I do dope sh**," and then he hung up the phone.

A full decade later and pretty much nothing's changed. [SPIN]