Lecture: Questlove (New York, 2013)

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The Roots drummer dropping knowledge at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York.

A pivotal figure of the Philly scene, Questlove cofounded The Roots, who rejuvenated hip hop in an instrumental flurry. Meanwhile, Questlove’s engagement with the Soulquarians production squad, and collaborations with artists such as D’Angelo, Jay-Z and Common have reasserted the importance of real-time playing in a style dominated by sampling and programming. Besides establishing the crucial heads’ website Okayplayer and gigging with The Roots as the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s late night show, Questlove has also acquired serious skills behind the ones and twos.

For more lectures from the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, visit redbullmusicacademy.com/lectures

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