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Classic Clips: Questlove Captures Recording Session With J Dilla, Common, & The Soulquarians (Video)

Check out this classic clip that Questlove of the legendary Roots crew unearthed recently in honor of J Dilla.  It’s behind the scenes footage of the recording process for one of Common’s most talked about albums ‘Like Water For Chocolate.’ Crafting the soundscape for the project was J Dilla, James Poyser, & the rest of the Soulquarians who were recording it at the time. Check what Questlove had to say providing some interesting background history on the video, the process, & a few other little known facts…

The Roots & Common were midway recording followup albums to their breakthrough Things Fall Apart & Like Water For Chocolate projects. two unapologetic “Neo Soul” joints. Having formed an unofficial collation sometime in 96, using the Native Tongue blueprint. The Soulquarians were born.


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Questlove Speaks On Beef With Notorious B.I.G. And Diddy Back In The Day, With Chris Rock Being Around For The Best Music EVER (Video)

The world felt the loss of Biggie. BUT… Y’all don’t know nothin’ about the pain real Hip-Hop heads felt… in Chevy Chase (Maryland, USA)!! Ha!

Well, Rosenberg will tell you. Then quickly move to the meat of the video – Questlove and Chris Rock. The Roots’ main man and percussionist supreme starts by telling the story of beef before the fall of B.I.G.; and never getting to squash it with him…THENNNN… almost catching a 15-man beatdown by Puff Daddy and his ‘family’ soon after (okay, that got squashed… sorta). THENNNN… Chris Rock talks about his contributions to the Hip-Hop world library; and how Kanye’s album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” was the best ever.


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Dayne Jordan – “All About The Art” (Produced By DJ Jazzy Jeff x James Poyser)


Yep yep. Dayne Jordan put a bunch of Philly brotherly love on this track – “All About The Art” (produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff and James Poyser). Drums by the incomparable Questlove (of The Roots). Get this via FREE download (ya know, for the love).



Black Thought And Questlove (Of The Roots) Talk About What’s Happened Since That High School Talent Show (Video)

The Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove chat with HuffPost Live; speaking on (among other things) Kellogg’s cereal, the latest LP, their gig at The Tonight Show, playing with Dave Chappelle again, and going head-up with Boyz II Men in a high school talent show… and LOSING! Hahaaaa. Everybody made out okay since then though. All good. Good clip.

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The Roots Reflect & Go In-Depth About Their Career During Their ‘Town Hall’ Special on Sirius XM (Video)

Black Thought and QuestLove of The Roots made their way to Sirius XM Radio’s ‘Hip Hop Nation’ channel for a special Town Hall Discussion with Sway. In this special sit-down, both Philly buls opened up about their careers and go in-depth about their journey.  It’s an hour long video & they get deeper than Atlantis with the history & insight in this one.

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The Roots Speak About Not Having ‘Yes Men’ during their 25-Year Career, Their New Album, and Bringing Back ‘Soul Train’ (Video)

Black Thought & Questlove of The legendary Roots crew stopped by the ‘Breakfast Club’ to speak upon a variety of topics while promoting their new album “…and then you shoot your cousin.”  This is one of those interviews where the answers were more interesting than the actual questions asked.  Questlove & Black Thought managed to touch upon their history & the new album while provide their perspective on contemporary soul & rap music.  The Roots also spoke about the sometimes uneasiness when meeting their idols, stressed the importance of not having ‘Yes Men’ in their camp, the social significance & challenges of bringing back ‘Soul Train’, & more.

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Black Thought Freestyles During ‘The Roots’ Town Hall Special on Sirius XM Radio (Video)

“Sway sat with Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots on behalf of Hip Hop Nation on Sirius XM. In this quick clip, we see Quest behind the turn-tables, as Black Thought spits.” – Roots Town Hall on Sirius XM

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The Full Questlove Interview With ‘Democracy Now’ – An Hour Of Politics, Hip-Hop and More (Video)

Remember the clip we posted of Questlove (of The Roots) speaking with Democracy Now? That was just a piece of a hour-long conversation covering his book, The Roots’ beef with Notorious B.I.G., Hip-Hop history and MUCH more. We have that for you to view above.


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Questlove Tells Story Of How He Found J. Cole’s iPhone (Video)

In The Roots co-founder’s own words, this is the “long-winded version of the ‘how did Questlove find J. Cole’s iPhone.” Random. What are the chances???

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Questlove Speaks On Hip Hop’s 40th Birthday, ‘Stop & Frisk’, the Zimmerman Verdict, and His Experience With Racial Profiling (Video)

Amir “Questlove” Thompson is on video talking about all kinds of stuff for a hour… that ought to be enough, knowing that The Roots co-founder is an insightful societal and music industry commentator.

Questlove talks with about his musical upbringing, stop and frisk, Hip-Hop’s 40th, his book “Mo’ Meta Blues” … and there’s more. Got a clip above. More video footage after the jump below….

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Questlove Speaks On The Trayvon Martin Verdict (Video)

In an interview with host Alex Wagner of MSNBC’s Now, Hip-Hop icon and co-founder of The Roots, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson declared that he was so taken aback when he found out that George Zimmerman got off (e.g. was acquitted of the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin) that he walked off of a DJ gig in Amsterdam. He noted that “it felt like I was watching my own trial,” adding later in an Internet post that “this whole Trayvon case has taught me: you ain’t sh!t. That’s the lesson I take from this case.”

Watch the interview MSNBC interview clip above.

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10 Questions for Questlove (Video)

Time Magazine’s Belinda Luscombe talks with ?uestlove (of The Roots) about his upbringing, records that influenced his career, his take on the direction of Hip-Hop, his new book (Mo Meta Blues), his group’s ‘retirement gig’ on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ and more.

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AZ and Questlove Bless ‘Sway in the Morning’ With An Impromptu Freestyle Collaboration (Video)

‘Sway in the Morning’ with an INSTANT CLASSIC collaboration: AZ and ?uestlove. Look ma, no drums… ?uestlove backs up Tha Visualiza’s freestyle rhyming with some beat boxing! Keep watching after the jump, as Sway and AZ keep chit-chatting after the jump – giving some reflections, some advice, and some memories… of Jay-Z in the high school days.

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Questlove vs. Nardwuar 2013 (Video)

For Pharrell Williams’ iamOTHER channel, Nardwuar interviews Questlove (of The Roots) in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Been a minute since we posted a Nardwuar interview. Watch the goodness above. Questlove obviously had a great time in this one!

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Questlove Cheesesteak Roll (Video)

Questlove, leader of the legendary Roots crew, partners up with Chef Zama back home in Philly to create the official “Questlove Cheesesteak Roll”. Shout out to my homegirl Daisha back in Japan for making me hungry looking at this…..

Questlove Says Jay Z Loves The New Jay Electronica Album, But Cannot Find The Right Single (Audio)

We’ve all been waiting for Jay Electronica’s album on Roc Nation to drop for so long that many people were beginning to believe it was a myth that it was even completed. In an recent interview Questlove, de facto leader of the legendary Roots crew, says Jay-Z told him that Jay Elect’s new album is his favorite album this year, but he’s having difficulty finding a single. Questlove also delves into some other details including Jay-Z needing to have his lyrics printed out for him before shows. Check the clip & links to the full interview with Questlove below….

Questlove – Black Fist Friday Mix: Tribute To J Dilla On Hot 97 NYC

Questlove was up at HOT 97 in NY during lunchtime on Friday for their Black Fist Friday mix that’s been going down all Black History Month. The Roots crew band leader took an hour to pay tribute to J Dilla. He couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate time & place to do that…..


Classic Clips: The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest Freestyle

Illadeph meets QB in this freestyle featuring Rahzel on the beat, with Black Thought, Consequence and Phife Dawg on the mics.  As usual, Rahzel kills the beatbox while Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Questlove chill and groove to the beat.  Would’ve been nice to hear what Q-Tip had to say, though.  Guess time was up on Lorna’s Corner.


Black Thought Speaks on his past Selling Drugs & Being Kicked Out Of School (Video)

Black Thought spoke on some of the rough times in his life from a brief period selling drugs in Philly & being kicked out of school. Knowing Tariq Trotter he’s never been one of those types of cats to glorify that part of his past & even admits he wasn’t the most successful in that business. Black Thought also explains why some people assumed he was also from Detroit at one time. More video below from the interview with Questlove & Black Thought under the hood as they promote the new album ‘unDun’ which is available now…..
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The Roots Speaks on ‘unDun’ album on Power 105 New York (Video)