Posts Tagged ‘Questlove’
It’s kind of like asking “What’s your favorite breath you ever took?”
In this episode of ‘The Reflection’ featuring Questlove, he speaks on how he fell in love with music, the beginning of The Roots, meeting musical heroes, what it takes to truly succeed and more.
The headline says it all; like its own byline. Did you see the Cyphers this year? Always the best part of the BET Hip-Hop Awards. We expect a ‘wow’ moment or two from the Awards’ broadcast; and a Cypher is a good bet for a source. Well, there was [at least] a BIG one in this year’s – Erick Sermon, Keith Murray and Redman spitting with DJ Scratch taking the Preemo spot (see what we did there?) for the set. Def Squad comes back to life for the night! Good to see.
Click the pic above to start with the Squad. Got the rest of this year’s Cyphers linked after the jump.
Ice Cube Talks About The N.W.A. Biopic. Black Thought And Questlove Talk About Cutting Class To Listen To N.W.A. (Video)
Hahaaa! Li’l Black Thought and Li’l Questlove were ditching school to bump that filthy Gangsta-Gangsta N.W.A. music. That’s right, the purists were had their ears on the gulley gritty sounds of Ren, Dre, Yella, Eazy and Cube back in the day. And oh damn, Cube is a guest on The Tonight Show, talking to Jimmy Fallon about the biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” Watch them trip… and take a quick memory lane trip in the above clip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
EARLIER POST: QUESTLOVE SPEAKS ON HIP-HOP’S 40TH BIRTHDAY…
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???
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 DemocracyNow.org 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….
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.
‘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.
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!
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 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…..