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By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I'm not one of those people who's so blinded by my own work and my sweat. It's kind of risky writing a memoir when you're really part of a larger universe.

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 14 Sep

Questlove

I think the music comes first, then comes the fashion, and thus, the lifestyle. I believe it starts with music, and then the person delivering it delivers the lifestyle, the fashion. Madonna is a great example of that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

Hip-hop is such a disposable art form from a business standpoint. It never treats its artists as art; it never treats its product as art.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

At 25, my idea of success may have been more vain, like, "I'll be good the day that there's $20 million in my account and I have this particular house and the wife and 2.5 kids." But at 40 - and I know it's kind of silly telling you guys this - but as long as my Metacritic rating stays above 80, that's all I care about.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Questlove

I grew up in somewhat of a war zone in West Philadelphia in 1985, '86. It wasn't as extreme as someone coming in the classroom and just unloading on a class, but I knew to take the scenic route to go to the grocery store to avoid certain elements.

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 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 14 Sep

Questlove

I was born at a very crucial time. I consider 1968 to be the Mason Dixon line between pre- and post-civil rights generation ideas, whereas a lot of people born before '68 they kind of went into that Moses mentality. Like, I'm not going to make it, you know, I don't have any hope.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

Resistance here doesn't mean revolution. It doesn't mean storming the barricades. Resistance means using art for the things that it does best, which is to create human portraits and communicate ideas and forge a climate where people of different races or classes are known to you because they make themselves known. In the simplest terms, art humanizes. It opens the circuit of empathy. And once that process happens, it's that much harder to think of people as part of a policy or a statistic. Art reverses the alienation that can creep into society.

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 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

Highlight reels are about that one person. After a barrage of highlight reels, you get the sense that you can do it without a team. But music thrived the most when groups were involved. People lose sight of that - that community makes the world run.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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 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 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

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

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 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 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 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 14 Sep

Questlove

My life's goal is to find a happy medium for sampling to be not only legal but for the right parties to benefit from it. There have to be sampling laws. The survival of hiphop is based on that.

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

In terms of being a 'sneakerhead,' there was one point where I was obsessively following every sneaker blog. That's the beauty of Twitter: To get the heads up on what's coming out.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

My parents were really strict about me not watching cartoons.

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 13 Sep

Questlove

Crack offered a lot of money to the inner-city youth who didn't go to college. Which enabled them to become businessmen. I know about maybe five people in the entertainment industry who did their peak work as a result of crack usage.

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

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

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Questlove

It's funny, I can see the science in how music is made with other artists, but it's hard for me to dissect my own thing.

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 15 Sep

Questlove

Collaborations work best this way; when there's a mutual desire to see what the other side adds. You know that what you're making on your own has value but the sum is more than the parts and every part knows it.

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 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.