Literature and Music for Week 33: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ahmir Khalib Thompson has since becoming ?uestlove (Questlove) spread the sound of Philadelphia hip hop all over the globe. The constant in his career is his work as the drummer for the band The Roots. At the moment, he is probably most famous for serving with The Roots as the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (formerly known as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon). His career as a drummer, DJ, journalist, actor, record producer, writer, and teacher is too divers to discuss in a single blog post. I will focus on three facets: The Roots, The Tonight Show, and his books.

The Roots debut album Organix was released in 1993. Since then they released 11 more albums, with the breakthrough and height of their fame in mainstream media around the albums Things Fall Apart (1999), Phrenology (2002), and The Tipping Point (2004). Some of the singles of these albums are:

The Roots – The Seed (2.0) ft. Cody ChesnuTT

The Roots – You Got Me ft. Erykah Badu

During The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon The Roots participate in all aspects of the show: from warming up the audience and supporting musical guests, to playing in sketches. Some of these segments are YouTube hits, for example the songs in which they support an artist using classroom instruments:

As the drummer, Questlove gets the spotlight when an artist challenges him to a drum-off:

Questlove also published a couple of books. Mo’Meta Blues (2013) is his autobiography, somethingtofoodabout (2016) are interviews with chefs and the creativity they use in cooking, and Creative Quest (2018) is his view on and search for creativity.


Preview his work here: amazon.

sources and starting point for more research:
Questlove on Wikipedia


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