*Does this mean that Questlove has truly “arrived?”
Not only is his band the new house band on a show that rests securely in ‘top dog’ history, but he was apparently so moved by the Bramhall World’s cartoon that continues to give flight to his latest gig as music director on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ that he sent his mom a special message via Instagram.
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Ahmir Khalib Thompson aka Questlove and Full Force’s Bowlegged Lou
*Bowlegged Lou here speaking on behalf of myself & Full Force.
We would love to congratulate our boys. The Legendary Roots, with our brother Ahmir Khalib Thompson aka Questlove and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter!
Questlove will be making history in becoming the first hip hop influenced but yet versatile band leader for the iconic TONIGHT SHOW brand.
Questlove performs during day five of Art Basel at Soho Beach House on December 7, 2013 in Miami Beach
*Musician Questlove has issued an apology for a series of comments made during an Instragram conversation with his manager Dawn Englehart and “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi that make fun of the Japanese accent by swapping “r’s” and “l’s.”
Englehart was with Questlove in Japan when the following exchange with Lakshmi took place on Instragram:
questlove: Hey @dawnenglehart is it racist for me to write the Sour Tlain? #chipanesedownunder2013
dawnenglehart: Nah you’re in The Loots. You’re allowed.
padmalakshmi: Hahahaha ha! You ruys clack me lup
*”Finding the Funk“ is the latest work from writer/director Nelson George.
It tells the often overlooked story of funk music and tracing it from its roots in Jazz through the 60s with such funkmasters as James Brown, and winds down through Hip-Hop and how the latter genre used, or usurped according to some, their musical inheritance.
The film features first hand commentary from such funkateers, if you will, as George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, D’Angelo, Sheila E and many more. “Finding the Funk” is narrated by none other than Mr. Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, commonly known by his funky name-Questlove.
Below is footage of Quest, writer/director Nelson George and the Godfather of the Funk Mr. George Clinton speaking to members of the media regarding the past, present and future of the funk.
Prince tweeted this 80s poster of himself on Tuesday
*Looks like Prince has gotten the hang of Twitter since his first-ever “testing, one, two” tweet on Tuesday.
Since taking over the account of his female backing band 3rd Eye Girl, he’s tweeted a picture of his salad, the below guitar pic…
…and most recently, the link to a tease of his new track, “Groovy Potential.” [Scroll down to watch.]
Because of this sudden warming to anything Internet-related, fans have been hitting up Prince’s close friend Questlove of The Roots to find out if Prince is really tweeting.
“[For everyone] asking me if those tweets were real…” Questlove wrote, “Yes. Does mean that he took over… Doubt it.”
By Thursday afternoon the account had swelled to having nearly 100,000 followers.
The @3RDEYEGIRL Twitter page existed previously as the band’s outlet for posting tour updates and photos as they traveled. But this appeared to be the first time His Royal Badness took the wheel.
Listen to a preview of “Groovy Potential” below.
*Questlove, drummer for the hip hop collective The Roots, has joined the list of celebrities who have voiced their frustration with the George Zimmerman verdict.
The drummer took to his Facebook account to write a post that has since gone viral.
“The overall message this whole Trayvon [Martin] case has taught me: You ain’t sh*t,” Questlove wrote.
In his memoirs “Mo’ Metta Blues: The World According to Questlove,” Questlove opens up about his own personal run-ins with overzealous white police officers.
As previously reported, Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder in the death of Martin. The claim by Zimmerman and his defense team was that he shot the unarmed teen in self defence.
“I’m in scenarios in which primitive exotic looking me (6’2, 300 lbs, uncivilized Afro for starters) finds himself in places that people that look like me aren’t normally found,” wrote Questlove.
“If I cried at every insensitive act that goes on in the name of safety, I’d have to be committed to a psych ward. I’ve just taught myself throughout the years to just accept it and maybe even see it as funny,” he added.
He concluded his post by saying: “I guess I’m struggling to get at least one percent of this feeling back, from all this protective numbness I’ve built around me, to keep me from feeling. Because, at the end of the day, I’m still human.”