Dave Chappelle apparently did not make Prince too angry with his parody of the pop singer several years ago. Prince tweeted what appears to be the cover art for his new single, "Breakfast Can Wait," and the image featured the comedian's famous impersonation from Chappelle's Show.
The Dave Chappelle sketch in question was titled "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories — Prince" and featured the comedian with a wig and purple frills. He and a group he dubbed Team Blouses then played basketball against Charlie Murphy and others, who represented Team Shirts. Prince's team won, so he made the losers some pancakes.
Fittingly, Dave Chappelle is carrying a plate of pancakes in the "Breakfast Can Wait" cover image. Prince captioned the image, "Game: Blouses" in reference to the classic sketch. You can check out the full video of the skit here.
Prince also shared a preview clip of "Breakfast Can Wait" on his YouTube page. You can check out the audio of the new song below.
Already there is some question about the validity of this Dave Chappelle cover. As Today.com notes, the image does look Photoshopped. It is also unclear if Prince is actually tweeting from the @3rdEyeGirl account, which had belonged to his backup band. But using the image, real or not, surely guarantees Prince some added publicity in the wake of his new single.
Dave Chappelle, for his part, could use the extra media coverage, as well. The comedian shot to fame thanks to the aforementioned Comedy Central series, but seemingly gave it all up when he turned down a $50 million contract with the network and disappeared to Africa.
"I have trust issues, things like that," he said in 2005. "I saw some stuff in myself that I just didn't dig. It's like when I brought a girl home to my mom and it looked as if my mom really didn't like this girl. And she told me, 'I like her just fine. I just don't like you around her.' That's how I feel in this situation. There were some things about myself that I didn't like. People got to take inventory from time to time. That's what this [coming to South Africa] is for."
But Dave Chappelle is apparently preparing a comeback as the headliner of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival run by the website Funny or Die. The 15-city tour begins in Austin on Friday.