Date: September 18, 2004
Music performed: “Jesus Walks”
In 2004, Dave Chappelle booked Kanye to perform at his legendary Block Party in Brooklyn. Kanye had released his debut album The College Dropout the February before, and for his performance in Brooklyn, Kanye rapped “Jesus Walks” along with a marching band, The Roots, and John Legend. Other performances that day included Common, Erykah Badu, and the reunion of the Fugees, but as Rolling Stone wrote earlier this year, it was Kanye “who managed to steal the show" with a stage design that went off the stage and into the streets, continuing to follow the collegiate themes of his first LP.