Dave Chappelle Forever Grateful To Friend Prince For Giving His Sister His Guitar Pick As A Kid
Ever since Prince’s passing on April 21, 2016, we’ve revealed several of his acts of kindness with the many people he privately helped- including Trayvon Martin’s family– but this time it’s Dave Chappelle, Prince’s good friend, who is sharing what Prince did for his sister, Felicia. Chappelle was just a kid when Prince’s kind act damn near brought him to tears.
Chappelle Details How Prince’s Act Of Kindness Affected His Sister:
In a prior interview with Gayle King, Dave recalled how Prince gave his sister something he, himself, still cherishes to this day. It was something that made his sis’ feel really special and also really visible as a young lady who, at that time, apparently felt as if she was unfortunately invisible among her peers because of her weight:
“My sister went to see Prince. I was probably 11 years old. And she was the first one who ever brought a Prince record into our home,” Chappelle told Gayle King. “So, I wake up in the morning, and the first thing I do is knock on the door and ask her how the show was… She was asleep, with her fist balled up. And when she woke up, she opened her hand, and his guitar pick was in her hand. The guitar pick said ‘Love God.’
“And she had been in the front row and said, ‘I love you, I love you!’ And he very pointedly was like, ‘I love you, too.’ And my sister was a bigger girl, she was chubby. And this meant the world to her, that he would pay that kind of attention. And I think about that when I engage people. That these moments are just moments, but they mean so much.”
Wow, even in death, Prince is still giving. Through stories like these, he’s continuing to spread the message that we all can put to use- even the smallest act of kindness can be the greatest gratification to the person on the receiving end.
How Prince Got Payback At Dave For “Chappelle Show” Skit
Now, of course we can’t talk about Dave Chappelle and Prince without talking about that classic 2003 Chapelle Show skit. Y’all remember when Charlie Murphy told the true story about the time he, along with his brother, Eddie Murphy; and their crew played a game of basketball against Prince and his crew? Well Prince got payback.
Chappelle and Prince actually became good friends afterwards, but Prince got him back ten years later. In 2013 Prince released his single, “Breakfast Can Wait,” on Youtube and had everybody crackin’ up when he displayed the song’s artwork. It featured a pic of Dave Chappelle dressed up as Prince from the Chappelle Show skit.
Dave talked about Prince’s payback on The Jimmy Fallon Show that same year (he discusses this at the 3:07 mark in the video below):
Chappelle to Fallon: “That’s a Prince judo move right there. … You make fun of Prince in a sketch and he’ll just use you in his album cover,” the comedian quipped. “What am I going to do — sue him for using a picture of me dressed up like him? … That’s checkmate right there.”
Gotta love Prince! Not only was he one of the baddest entertainers of all time, but the brotha also had an incredible big heart and great sense of humor to match. Continue to rest easy Prince.