Fela Kuti lives on. AIDS awareness organization Red Hot has partnered with cross-genre collaborators representing rock, hip-hop, Americana, and classical for the release of Fela Kuti compositions on Red Hot + Fela. The album features classic Fela anthems like “Lady” recorded by tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo, and Akua Naru, “ITT” by Superhuman Happiness, “No Buredi” [cont.]
Questlove tells the story of how he randomly (very randomly) found J. Cole’s iPhone at a gas station.
?uestlove talks about organizing the lineup for the 2013 Roots Picnic — yes, Naughty by Nature will be there — and gives an update on The Roots’ collaborative album with Elvis Costello, “Wise Up Ghost.”
What is largely considered The Roots best LP, 1999′s Things Fall Apart, has finally been certified platinum by the RIAA, selling over 1 million copies. ?uestlove took to Twitter to make the announcement, stating: “It took 14 years…..don’t let it be said that dreams don’t come true. #platinum,” and then Instagramming the pic below. Congrats [cont.]
Soho workers and passersby enjoyed a lunchtime improvised set atop a parking structure today from two collaborate artists in order to kick-off 34 nights of music in New York City for the Red Bull Music Academy. Set amongst a giant painted backdrop of himself on the corner of Prince and Lafayette, ?uestlove, of The Roots [cont.]
Bonnaroo 2012 Superjam featuring “My Summertime Thang” (by Prince) remixed by Questlove filmed live on Saturday, June 9th at Bonnaroo – This Tent Band Members: D’Angelo: Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson: Drums (The Roots) Pino Palladino: Bass (The Who) Eric Leeds: Saxophone (Prince) Jesse Johnson: Guitar (The Time, Prince, Janet Jackson) Captain Kirk: Guitar [cont.]
Roots drummer and frontman, ?uestlove, will look back on his life thus far in an upcoming memoir, Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove. The book will double as an autobiography, as well as a cultural study, billed as “musings about the state of hip hop, the state of music criticism, the state of [cont.]
?uestlove sat down with NYU Local to discuss his new course with Clive Davis, Classic Albums. The in-depth conversation also finds him speaking on upcoming Roots collaborative projects with Elvis Costello, Al Green, and the long-awaited D’Angelo LP. Read on, party people: Questlove: You know one of our big experiments on the Fallon show – [cont.]
In a story we’ve been reporting on since July, AnimationOnFox gives us a sneak peak of the season premiere of The Cleveland Show, entitled “Menace II Secret Society”, which will feature each ?uestlove, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Will.I.Am as members of the hip-hop illuminati.
Roots drummer ?uestlove and legendary Def Jam founder Russell Simmons have teamed up for a “fundraising battle” for the re-election of Barack Obama. Donors can pick “I’m with Questlove or I’m with Simmons” in this mock “election” to see who can raise for money for the Obama campaign. At the time of this writing ?uestlove [cont.]
?uesto appears on ABC’s cooking show, The Chew, and sits down at a makeshift drum-kit made up of pots and pans – and then proceeds to absolutley murder it, off the cuff.
The first episode in the “Animated Archive” series features Chappelle Show Co-Creator Neal Brennan’s tale of an evening he, Dave Chappelle and Questlove of The Roots spent at an after party of sorts in Prince’s hotel room. It got weird.
In a forthcoming, previously announced episode of Family Guy spin-off, The Cleveland Show, entitled Menace II Secret Society, each Kanye West, ?uestlove, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, and will.i.am will team to form “The Hip-Hop Illuminati”. The above image was revealed this week at the San Diego Comic Con, in a concept that originally began last [cont.]
These cats rule.
Before Amy Winehouse died, she wanted to start a “supergroup” that included Questlove of The Roots. The drummer says he misses the British singer, who he calls his “Skype buddy” and teacher of jazz music.
In two separate interviews, both ?uestlove and Pharrell speak on working with Jay-Z on as-of-yet-unannounced projects.
After Black Star’s performance on Jimmy Fallon the other night, ?uestlove explains the story behind J. Dilla’s “Little Brother” beat.
?uestlove spoke to Billboard yesterday, spilling details on The Roots next LP, Undun, as well as work on D’Angelo’s long-overdue comeback LP. “We actually completed [the album] at five [o'clock] this morning, so it’s officially done,” ?uestlove tells Billboard.com’s The Juice of “Undun.” “It’s essentially a biographical narrative about Redford Stephens. Stephens [is] a composite [cont.]
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