Most music fans have heard of Questlove aka Ahmir Khalib Thompson, if not, you may recognize him as the impressive drummer for The Roots. Maybe you’re not well aware of who The Roots are, so here is a clip of their presence as the house band for Jimmy Fallon.
Questlove is a busy guy, when he is not playing the drums for The Roots, he is teaching at NYU as a professor among many other public undertakings. But how did Questlove and The Roots come to be a staple of late night television after making a name for themselves as the rebellious-kind of music makers?
Questlove describes their first interaction as completely disarming. Recalling how this goofy white guy with a bunch of african american band members completely owned his own goofiness. When Questlove and the rest of his band found themselves on the grass at UCLA making a human pyramid, they knew this experience would be a once in a lifetime experience.
It had seemed to the members of the Roots that after every show, they became a little more close. This is hard to believe since they had been together for so many years prior (since 1987) but Questlove’s describes it as “..becoming friends again”. They no longer were as guarded with each other and felt free to be as goofy as Jimmy.
This renewal of their relationship has resulted in five Grammy nominations that resulted in taking home the hardware twice. They have also contributed largely to the success of the Tonight Show helping Jimmy earn 4.13 million viewers a night!
It is safe to say that with the union of Jimmy Fallon, and Questlove along-side the rest of The Roots they have created a match made in heaven. Coupling the street cred of The Roots with the fanfare of Jimmy Fallon, there seems to be no end to their creative and entertaining potential.
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