Above is a lecture-style interview by Red Bull Music Academy with Questlove.
Questlove is a true hip-hop icon because he is true to himself, he is innovative, and he is influential. Questlove is one of the leaders of one of hip-hop’s greatest groups of all-time; The Roots. Questlove is one of my personal favorite public speakers–especially in hip-hop–because he speaks so intelligently, as in he is always knowledgeable of what he is speaking about and he is well-spoken. He is my generation’s Quincy Jones.
Coming from a musical family that believed television could be a bad influence, Questlove has said he wasn’t allowed to watch any television except Soul Train and the end of Saturday Night Live. Growing up in West Philadelphia, his parents didn’t like him being outside much. With so many restrictions, music became his only source of entertainment and luckily his father had vast music collection. His knowledge of music is incredible. He is the definition of a music nerd. He is now spreading his knowledge by teaching a class on classic albums at New York University.
Questlove is easily the hardest working man in showbiz–Ryan Seacrest may be seated. Besides teaching a class at NYU, Questlove is still making music with The Roots (The Roots still serve as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), he still produces music for other artists, he moonlights as a DJ, and now he has written a book. His book is entitled: Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, it is a memoir in which he tells his own story while breaking down his perspective on the music world and the world around it.
Mo’ Meta Blues will be released on June 18th, 2013.