Questlove is an American drummer, DJ, music writer, and record producer who has a net worth of $14 million. Questlove is also a record producer and has a net worth of $14 million. He is most recognized for his work as the drummer and lead vocalist for the rock band the Roots.
The Roots have been the in-house band for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” since 2014, and you may have seen Questlove perform on the show. Questlove also works as a music educator at New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where he teaches music theory and composition.
In addition to his work with the Roots, Questlove has collaborated with several other musicians during his career. He was involved in the production of the cast recording for the Broadway musical “Hamilton.”
Aside from Elvis Costello, Common, D'Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Amy Winehouse, John Legend, and many more, he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians. The legendary drummer has been dubbed “one of the finest drummers of all time.”
Ahmir Khalib Thompson was born on the 20th of January, 1971, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ahmir was up in a musical family and had a strong interest in music from an early age.
During the 1950s, his father, Arthur Lee Andrews Thompson, was a member of a well-known doo-wop trio called the Thompsons. The music community was extremely important to his mother and grandfather, who were also active members.
When he was a youngster, he accompanied his parents on a tour of various musical venues across the country. Ahmir began acting on stage when he was seven years old. By the time he was 13 years old, he was directing his stage productions.
Thompson established the band “Square Roots” with a group of students and close friends while attending a performing arts school in Philadelphia. The name of this band was eventually abbreviated to “Roots” by the singer.
Following high school graduation, Ahmir went on to study music at the Settlement Music School. Thompson spent his early years on South Street in Philadelphia, where he played drums while his friend Tariq Trotter (Black Thought) rapped over the sounds.
Through these years, Thompson gained a reputation for his drumming using plastic buckets, crates, and shopping carts, among other things.
The Roots' line-up was established in the end. Drums were provided by Questlove, Tariq Trotter sang, Josh Abrams played the bass and Scott Storch was in charge of the keyboard. “Organix” was the name of their debut album, which was published when the band was on tour in Germany.
“Do You Want More?!!!??!” and “Illadelph Halflife” was released by the Roots in the mid-1990s. Both albums were well praised by critics.
It wasn't until 1999 that the Roots truly became a household name after releasing their first three albums. A single with Erykah Badu, “You Got Me,” was released this year. In 2000, it won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for this song.
The Roots' album “Things Fall Apart” was a commercial success as a result of the single. Platinum certification was eventually reached for the record. Additionally, Questlove worked on several other projects during this time. D'Angelo's “Voodoo” album was produced by him in 2000.
Slum Village's “Fantastic, Vol. 2” was also produced by him as an executive producer. Questlove also contributed to the production of Common's “Like Water for Chocolate” and “Electric Circus” albums.
Questlove has collaborated with Erykah Badu on several occasions over the years. Musicians like Baduizm and Mama's Gun feature Questlove's percussion and/or production work. Dilated Peoples, Blackalicious, Bilal, N*E*R*D, Joshua Redman, Zap Mama, Fiona Apple, and Zack De La Rocha are some of the other musicians Thompson has collaborated with.
A jazz instrumental album called “The Philadelphia Experiment” included Christian McBride and Uri Caine 2001. Questlove contributed to the record. Christina Aguilera's 2002 album “Stripped” featured the song “Loving Me 4 Me,” on which he played drums.
The Roots followed up “Phrenology” in 2002 with another gold-certified album. Questlove has worked with musicians including John Mayer and Joss Stones in the early 2000s. The Roots returned in 2004 with “The Tipping Point,” their third studio album.
Due to the expectations of their record label, this album had a very popular feel. A lot of their prior albums fared better than this one, although not by much. Jay-album Z's “Fade to Black” featured a collaboration between Questlove and the rapper.
Thompson collaborated with artists like Zucchero Fornaciari during the following few years. The Roots began appearing on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in 2009 as the show's house band. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” continues this trend.
In 2010, Questlove began working on Duffy's second album with the British vocalist. Thompson had hoped to work with Amy Winehouse on a variety of projects before her untimely death in 2011. Questlove collaborated with Michelle Obama on the soundtrack for her memoir, “Becoming,” in 2018.
A variety of books and memoirs have been written by Questlove throughout the years, including 2013's “Mo Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove.” Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation” was released in the same year.
In 2016, he published “Something to Food About Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs,” his third book. Thompson began hosting a weekly radio show in the same year. In addition, he has been on several podcasts.
In 2004, Questlove participated in a Motorola ROKR phone advertisement alongside Iggy Pop, Madonna, Little Richard, and other musicians. When Microsoft's Kin phone went belly-up, he made an appearance in an advertisement for it.
Television and Film
Since his early days in the music industry, Questlove has starred in a slew of films and shows. He had a cameo in “The Longest Yard” in 2005. Dave Chappelle's “Dave Chappelle's Block Party” and “Chappelle's Show” collaborations with Questlove have made him a household name.