SNL announced over the weekend that the legendary comedian will host the late-night variety show on November 12 with the duo of Yasin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and Talib Kweli performing as the musical guest.
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— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 6, 2022
Longtime friends and collaborators, Chappelle and Black Star are known for their sharp cultural criticism and unfiltered political views, a main ingredient in Midnight Miracle podcast they launched last year.
The timing of the trio’s appearance on SNL is perhaps no coincidence given that the episode will follow Mid-term elections 2022which takes place on Tuesday (November 8).
Chappelle previously hosted the show following Donald Trump’s upset victory in the 2016 presidential election, delivers a heavy-hearted, yet typically humorous speech to the nation.
That episode featured Chappelle and Black Star’s close friends, A Tribe Called Quest, as the musical guest, with Q-Tip and co. deliver one powerful rendition of their protest anthem “We the People”.
November 12’s episode could feel like a repeat of that night, depending on how the midterms play out. As things stand, the Senate remains a toss-up, while Republicans are poised to take control of the House, according to Political. However, the Democrats are expected to secure big victories in the governor’s race.
Dave Chappelle is on his way SNL host gig comes after heavy criticism over what many considered to be transphobic and homophobic jokes during his string of recent Netflix specials.
So was the 49-year-old comic attack on stage of a bisexual man armed with a replica gun and retractable knife during a show at the Hollywood Bowl in May.
Black Star, meanwhile, made their long-awaited return in May with the release of No fear of timetheir first since the 1998s Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star.
The nine-track project was produced exclusively by Madlib and boasted guest appearances from Black Thought and Yummy Bingham, as well as a spoken word cameo from late pioneering music critic Greg Tate.