Questlove Quotes


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.

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

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.

I want the 'Roots' biopic to be animated - I see Charles Schulz drawing us. I think it would be more hilarious with the voices of children.

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.

Just because the laws were changed doesn't mean that the attitudes have changed.

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

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.

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.

After 2001 everyone in the Soulquarians blew up which wasn't expected. We all got the success and then everybody froze.

Meaninglessness takes hold because meaninglessness is addictive

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

I would love to have some sort of 'Back To The Future' Delorean time machine travel device so I could go back to 1981 to see that very first Jackson 5 concert I went to back when I was a kid.

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.

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.

My parents were really strict about me not watching cartoons.

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

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.

The only mofos in my circle are people that I can learn from.

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

My first gig was at Radio City Music Hall when I was 13.

I want to be as healthy as I can be so I can make it past 50; make it past 60 and make it past 70.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jay-Z is a dude that can give you a hundred 'Simpsons' quotes like 'What you know about the monorail?'

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.

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

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

All we sell is the Greatest feeling on Earth

I have a lot of those 'Forrest Gump ' I-was-there moments.

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.

It's a funny word persistence. It means not giving up but it also means just passing on through time.

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

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

Switching off perfection switched on the human quality

There's no such thing as success on an isolated level.

I think all of thisâ??The Roots and DJing includedâ??was meant to prepare me for The Tonight Show.

Music has the power to stop time. But music also keeps time

When you live your life through records the records are a record of your life.

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.

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.

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

When you first start off you see what other people have and quietly say "I want that.

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.

Time will tell. Time is always telling. Time never stops telling