Over the weekend, the Brooklyn rap legend announced he and Chappelle are planning to hit the road together on the aptly-titled Dave & Busta Tour, whose name riffs on the popular restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s.
After teasing a “big bloodclaat announcement” on Instagram on Saturday morning (April 30), Busta let the cat out of the bag hours later by posting footage from a recent Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock comedy set, in which the veteran comic revealed their tour plans.
“There is nobody better than Busta Rhymes,” Rock says in the clip, before Chappelle says, “Oh, I gotta tell you. Me and Busta are gonna start doing a tour together. It’s not even a show — it’s more like a party. It’s called Dave & Busta’s.”
The audience then erupts in laughter at the witty name, with Busta watching on from the crowd. “@davechappelle x The Dragon #DAVE&BUSTATOUR Stay tuned for dates comin’ soon!! The Blessing ain’t stoppin’!!!” the 49-year-old rapper wrote in the caption.
While the full schedule has yet to be announced, Busta Rhymes and Dave Chappelle got their hilariously-titled tour underway on Saturday night as Chappelle brought out Bus-a-Bus as a special guest during his show at the Hollywood Bowl during the Netflix Is A Joke Festival.
With the likes of Swizz Beatz, Usher, Ludacris and Affion Crockett watching on from the side of the stage, Busta and his trusty hypeman Spliff Star performed fan favorites such as “Break Ya Neck.” Chris Brown and Usher also shared the stage with the Flipmode Squad MC.
Busta Rhymes and Dave Chappelle kept the party going later that night as they tore up a dancefloor with Thundercat, Affion Crockett, Deon Cole, Tiffany Haddish and Nicole Sherzinger while DJ Scratchator provided the tunes.
The Dave & Busta Tour continued in full force with a “comedians ball” hosted by Busta Rhymes and Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Athletic Club on Sunday night (May 1).
Busta posted a flyer for the event on Instagram at short notice, before giving fans a glimpse at Dave & Busta-branded cups and napkins that were made for the show.
Last year, a viral TikTok sparked a rumor that Dave Chappelle and Busta Rhymes co-founded Dave & Buster’s, although the video was later debunked.
The restaurant chain was, in fact, started by David Corriveau and James “Buster” Corley in Dallas in 1982. The pair previously owned businesses next door to each other in Little Rock, Arkansas, before they decided to go into business together.
Busta Rhymes and Dave Chappelle are no strangers to sharing the stage. In 2014, Chappelle tapped the Anarchy rapper — along with the likes of Kanye West, Nas and Erykah Badu — for his series of shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, which marked his first NYC performance in 10 years.
Two years later, Busta Rhymes and Chappelle appeared on SNL together as part of A Tribe Called Quest’s poignant and political performance on the show.