Black Star’s “Drink Champs” With Dave Chappelle Has Been Put On Ice

There’s a “Drink Champs” episode in the vault with Dave Chappelle and Black Star.

Dave Chappelle had been abused on stage at the Netflix Is A Joke festival for more than a month. The assailant, later identified as 23-year-old Isaiah Lee, was charged with a misdemeanor for the attack on Chappelle as well as attempted murder for a previously unsolved case.

Drink Champs indicated that Chappelle, as well as hip hop artists Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli of Black Star, and fellow comic Donnell Rawlings, would be appearing on the show shortly after the attack. According to Page Six, Chappelle requested that the program be postponed as a result of the recent disasters in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.

“It came time to run it, and it was right after [mass shootings] in Buffalo and Texas. [Chappelle and his team] just thought it was ill-timed. … They wanted to approve the timing of it and thought, ‘Hold off, slow down. It’s tone-deaf to release something at this time,” Page Six was told by a source.

The episode was supposed to focus on the release of Black Star’s first album in 24 years, No Fear of Time. “They were supposed to interview Black Star about their new album, and Dave wanted to pop in and shout out Black Star, which he did,” the source added.

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