Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born on January 20, 1971), known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove (also known as BROther ?uestion or Brother Question), is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. He is best known as the drummer for hip hop band The Roots and has produced for artists such as Common, D'Angelo, and more recently, Al Green and Nikka Costa. He is a member of the production teams the Soulquarians, the Grand Negaz, and The Grand Wizzards. He is known in the music industry for his timing and additions on common drum patterns, as well as his technical ability and versatility. Questlove began performing on South Street in Philadelphia using drums, while Tariq rhymed over his beats and rhythms.
Besides being the drummer for The Roots, Questlove has also lent his talents to other artists, projects, and productions. He was the drummer for The Philadelphia Experiment, a collaborative instrumental jazz album featuring Christian McBride and Uri Caine, released on Ropeadope Records in 2001 and the DJ of the compilation Questlove Presents: Babies Making Babies, released on Urban Theory Records in 2002. He also served as executive producer for D'Angelo's 2000 album Voodoo, Slum Village's album Fantastic, Vol. 2 and Common's albums Like Water for Chocolate and Electric Circus. Besides the aforementioned albums, he has also contributed as a drummer or producer to Erykah Badu's Baduizm and Mama's Gun, Dilated Peoples Expansion Team, Blackalicious's Blazing Arrow, Bilal's 1st Born Second, N*E*R*D's Fly Or Die, Joshua Redman's Momentum, and Zap Mama's Ancestry In Progress, Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine, and Zack De La Rocha's currently unreleased solo material.
He played drums on Christina Aguilera's song "Loving Me 4 Me" for her 2002 album Stripped. He also arranged and drummed on Joss Stone's cover of the White Stripes' "Fell in Love with a Girl".In 2004, Questlove appeared in Jay-Z's Fade to Black. In addition to appearing in the documentary portion of the film, Questlove was the drummer for all portions of the show with a live band. In 2005, Questlove appeared along with such luminaries as Madonna, Iggy Pop, Bootsy Collins, and Little Richard in a television commercial for the Motorola ROKR phone. Questlove also appears for a short clip in The Longest Yard. In 2006, Questlove appeared in the film Dave Chappelle's Block Party as well as a couple of skits on Chappelle's Show including the Tupac skit on The Lost Episodes and a skit also featuring John Mayer where Questlove performs in a barber shop, inducing the occupants to dance and rap. With the exception of The Fugees and Jill Scott, Questlove served as the drummer for nearly every performer at the 2004 Brooklyn street concert and was the musical director for the entire show. Questlove was given an Esky for Best Scribe in Esquire magazine's 2006 Esky Music Awards in the April issue. Questlove was one of a handful of musicians hand-picked by Little Steve Van Zandt to back Hank Williams Jr. on a new version of "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" for the season premiere (and formal ESPN debut) of Monday Night Football. Along with his fellow Motorola ROKR commercial co-stars Bootsy Collins and Little Richard, Questlove's bandmates included Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Charlie Daniels, and Bernie Worrell. He is a playable character in the basketball video games NBA2k7 NBA 2K8 and NBA 2K9, capable of hitting the three-point shot with ease. In 2007, Questlove co-produced with VH1's "The Score" winning producer Antonio "DJ S.A.T." Gonzalez the theme to VH1's Hip Hop Honors 2007. He currently performs with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
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