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Questlove



Biography

Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots - Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his Roots crew serves as house band. The 4-time GRAMMY Award winning musician has landed musical directing positions with everyone from D'Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released three books, with his fourth book to be released in April of 2018. He is a strategic advisor, and the first artist ambassador for Pandora, and hosts Questlove Supreme. He co-produced the GRAMMY Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton. The Roots are also developing an animated children’s series in partnership with Amazon. Questlove and Black Thought wrote a new original song “It Ain’t Fair” for the critically acclaimed motion picture DETROIT. The song is performed by The Roots and Bilal.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/28/2014: Target Family Night: RAISE UP – YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING ON THE DROP OUT CRISIS

Youth Speaks, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage, present an evening to celebrate the winners of the national spoken word competition designed to foster discussion among young people and adults about the challenges and opportunities students face as they strive to stay on the path to graduation. Hosted by D.C. hip-hop artist Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, the program will feature performances from each of the five winners, plus an appearance by DJ Questlove and Black Thought, NPR’s Glynn Washington, and Hill Harper.  The RAISE Up project is part of American Graduate - Let's Make It Happen! - a public media initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.

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