The 40 year-old comedian appeared on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' and revealed why he knew the rapper would become a huge star when they first met back in 2004.
After several years of avoiding chat shows and interviews, Dave Chappelle is back on the circuit and is as hilarious as ever.
The 40 year-old comedian stopped by Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' on Friday (June 13th) mainly to promote his nine-show run at Radio City Music Hall.
But it is when he recalls meeting Kanye West for the first time that has garnered people's attention.
The 36 year-old rapper was scheduled to have his very first television appearance on Dave's comedy show, 'Chappelle's Show,' in 2004 and even back then it was obvious he was going to become a star.
At the time the former Comedy Central star thought West was like "Muhammad Ali in the Olympic Village. He just knew he was going to get the gold."
Jay-Z's 'Black Album' had also been released on the same day, so Chappell, Common, Talib Kweli and West all decided to give it a listen in the funnyman's studio.
On the 12th track 'Lucifer' (produced by West) Jay gives a shout out to Yeezus, rapping, "Kanyeezy you did it again, you're a genius!" At this point Chappelle recalls "Kanye stood up. First time he spoke all day, and he goes, 'Stop the record! And rewind that.'"
Later, Chappelle then invited the trio to watch some of his unseen sketches, and it is at this moment, while overhearing West's phone call, he realized the rapper has always been confident that he will become a huge star.
"'Hello? No, I can't. Because I'm at the edit for the Dave Chappelle Show, watching sketches that no one's seen before,'" Chappelle remembers West saying. "'Cause my life is dope, and I do dope sh--.' And he hung up."
Chappelle recalls meeting Kanye West for the first time back in 2004