Early Friday morning, Dave Chappelle performed his formerly elusive comedy set in San Francisco, making it clear that he, too, is largely influenced by the death of Prince: "I'll tell you what," he said. "I didn't know him well, but I knew him well."
According to the SF Gate, Chappelle referenced Prince's death as "black 9/11," emphasizing how very important he was was not only to the music industry, but on a cultural level.
Prince is the subject of one of Chappelle's best loved sketches, a fact that had reporters contacting him almost immediately after the 57-year-old's death. As a matter of fact, those phone calls were what alerted Chappelle to Prince's death in the first place.
"I almost thought about not coming tonight, but my band was like, 'Yo, Prince would definitely not condone that,' and now there is no place I'd rather be," he told the crowd.
By the end of the set's four hours, Chappelle's performance had served as a meaningful tribute to Prince's memory, the star's band performing both "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Kiss" as the venue's purple lights fell upon the crowd like his own "Purple Rain."
Chappelle is just the most recent celebrity to perform in Prince's name, as the world mourns the loss of one of its greatest talents.