He shares the origin story behind The Roots’ legendary jam sessions, and why he decided to play the drums. He also shares his memorable first encounter with Prince, who became a close friend.
Plus, Jemele gives her thoughts on the Derek Chauvin verdict.
Below are key moments and time stamps from the episode. Please let me know if you can share this with your readers and happy to offer up select interviews with host Jemele Hill.
Key Moments: Jemele Hill is Unbothered – Episode 144
0:00: Jemele’s Word of the Week: Justice – on the Derek Chauvin verdict
14:08: Questlove on how The Root’s Jam Sessions were born
19:45: Questlove on calling the cops on his own Jam Sessions
23:06: On the first time Prince showed up to a Jam Session
24:47: On growing up in a musical household, being ‘tricked’ into the family business
36:44: On how he first started drumming
41:03: On the closest The Roots have come to breaking up
43:48: On why he believes groups/bands don’t exist as frequently now days
47:33: On meeting Price for the first time
53:32: On the first time he felt famous: at Stevie Wonder’s party, conversing with Natalie Cole and listening to Stevie singing his songs at the piano
56:04: Questlove’s favorite year of music: 1987
57:48: On his relationship with Soul Food and the unhealthiness of it
1:07:16: On Lil Nas X: and his ability to ‘shock’ and use his music to create conversation