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By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

My theory is that nine times out of ten, if there's a depression, more a social depression than anything, it brings out the best art in black people. The best example is, Reagan and Bush gave us the best years of hiphop.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

I've come to the conclusion that the average person can do about four things a day, like four real things a day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

Half the time, my job is basically to talk people off the ledge. It's more psychological than just me picking up some sticks and counting, "1, 2, 3, 4.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I never want to get to that level of poverty where taking a bath has to be a hot-pot experience.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

My parents were really strict about me not watching cartoons.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I prefer to unwind by DJing. I learned that from Mike D from the Beastie Boys. After a show, he would DJ. Once I saw that, I wanted to do that. And now DJing is like my lifeline. I love the power it represents.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Questlove

Music has the power to stop time. When I listen to songs, I'm transported back to the moment of their birth, which is sometimes even before the moment of my birth. Old songs, rock or soul or blues, still connect with me because the human emotions in them, whether jealousy or rage or hope, are recognizably similar to the emotions that I'm feeling now. But I'm feeling all of them, all the time, and so the songs act like a chemical process that isolates certain feelings at certain times: maybe one song helps illuminate the jubilation and one helps illuminate the sorrow and one helps illuminate the resignation. Music has the power to stop time. But music also keeps time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Questlove

Working with the artist elite can be like banging your head against the wall.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Questlove

You can't live off of just greasy fatty foods and stayin' up till six in the mornin' just partyin'. You gotta take care of yourself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

Reagan's neglect of the inner city is responsible for hiphop. Hiphop is created thanks to the conditions that crack set: easy money but a lot of work, the violence involved, the stories it produced. Crack helped birth hiphop.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I hate holidays because it's the quietest; it's the most deafening sound in my apartment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

Every time a new record started, people exhaled with pleasure, or their bodies moved automatically. I really started getting high off of the euphoric exclamations. Every record I put on was like a baptism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I don't bask in the awards I've won, read my bank statements, I refuse. To me, that's how you start losing the hunger.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

Part of me would just like to relax and have one job that pays me the amount I need to survive. And another part of me wants the creativity that comes out of struggle and frustration and fear. It's a never-ending cycle, which must be how I want it, on some level.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

In the 2000s, I became an artist. I started preserving and educating. I became more obsessed with making iPod playlists for people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

Funk never dies. It is eternal. It just smells a little different from time to time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

I've always been a lover of hoodies. I'm a guy that travels a lot. I'm a guy that spends a lot of time on a cold air-conditioned tour bus. I'm a guy that likes to watch movies in peace. I'm a guy that likes to travel in the airport in peace.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

According to my parents, I just started drumming when I was two. I traveled with them from five to seven on the road, playing percussion. Between 8 and 12, my dad sort of prepared me by teaching me every aspect of road life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I'm a 24-hour tweet machine, I'm a 24-hour blogger. When there's no pressure on me, I can talk and write and lecture with the best of them. But put a deadline on me and I start getting writer's block.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

And even though people like to furrow their brow like they suspect you're not being honest about yourself, the truth is that they worry that you're not serving their idea of you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I feel like the downfall of any person is the second an artist starts celebrating their work themselves, that becomes problematic.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

The Chronic represented everything that I hated about hip-hop as a fan, but then later represented everything that I stood for as a musician and engineer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I hate videos. I'm meticulous on everything from cover art, fonts, productions, mixing. But when it comes to videos, I just feel so defeated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

I think all of this—The Roots and DJing included—was meant to prepare me for The Tonight Show.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I don't have friends, and it's hard for me to make new friends. Right now, the people that are in my life are the people that I work with.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

During the 2008 election, I made clear to the Obama campaign that I don't think it's wise for me to force my personal political agenda on anyone.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Questlove

The president is just the coach of a football team. You need the right support, the right stadium, the right players, the right staff. An excellent coach is not going to win games.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I keep moving through time and time keeps moving through me. And through that process, life takes shape. The question is what shape it is. I'm not the first person to ask that question, or to see how absurd it is to think there's a real answer. Maybe life's a circle.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Questlove

To be hip-hop is much more than just rapping in the production. It is more in the attitude.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I cannot keep a girlfriend longer than seven months. I have 12 jobs. I don't have time for my personal life. I'm fully aware that this is the sacrifice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I don't believe in good music and bad music anymore. I'm through with that phase of my life. Sometimes I just wanna feel good, so I put on a good record. But mostly I'm more of a businessman than a music fan, so I'm listening to music in terms of, is this effective or not effective?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Questlove

We have to get back to "we." It's important to get back to "we" not just "I.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

How do you plan a rebirth? I'm not sure you do. You just stand in the darkness until you can't endure it any long, and then you move forward until you're standing in the light.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

It's easy for me to say, "Oh yeah, that's the self-saboteur move that most artists pull whenever they're afraid.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Questlove

There's species-wide programming and then there's individuality. The overlap between those two opens up a space for creativity. Live in that space. I'm here too. Maybe I'll see you around sometime.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

Hip-hop is an instant gratification, winners and losers circle, and often those who are losing give up after three or four, five years.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Questlove

Rich said, "As your get older, feelings are harder to come by." It was so simple and poignant.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

Kurt Cobain represents a very legit, realistic outlook. Before that, in my head, to be a white artist was to be privileged.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I believe that the only people who really, truly benefit from any of the policies of Republicans are the wealthy. I'm in that 1 percent tax bracket, but I'm not a man of wealth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

For anyone that's ever had a musical breakthrough in their career, it's always followed by the departure period right after.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I really appreciate when people use their fame and their voice for more than just self-promotion, starting a dialogue about a topic or an issue much bigger than themselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I do secret stand-up shows around New York. I announce and tweet this to nobody - I get onstage and I do a quick five minutes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Questlove

What I'm slowly realizing is that I believe that most of us felt that we could relax a little bit after November 2, 2008, because of the progress and the spirit that it took to get Barack Obama in The White House. And what we didn't realize, is that was really the beginning. That was really the beginning of the struggle and not the end of a struggle, to come from colonial times through slavery, through the Jim Crowe Laws, through the civil rights period to The White House as, like a point A/point B journey. Point B of course being the end.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

Hip-hop is so much about character and caricature that people just see you as a character. Very rarely are you flesh and bone to people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I don't think crack happened by accident. I'm part conspiracy theorist, because you can't develop something that dangerous and have it not be planned.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

Classical music requires an immense amount of concentration, and I don't know if I would've been that committed to that particular life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I feel like the downfall of any person is the second an artist starts celebrating their work themselves, that becomes problematic. And you know, I don't sit there, I don't bask in the awards I've won, you know, read my bank statements, I refuse. To me, that's how you start losing the hunger. So for me personally, I just don't celebrate it. I'm happy, right now.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Questlove

[Creativity] is about finding your own unique way of fitting into the continually repeating human experience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I hear a lot of cries of socialism and certainly real disguises of "Why should I share my money with these people?" We have to get back to "we." It's important to get back to "we" not just "I.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

Switching off perfection switched on the human quality