Wednesday, January 07, 2004

PLAYING CATCH-UP: THE ROOTS' ?UESTLOVE ON CRACK, DE LA SOUL, D'ANGELO'S ABS AND, OH YEAH, HIP-HOP


ahmir is in deep concentration


This is back from August but hey, I'm a slow reader. Touré interviews ?uestlove (aka Ahmir Thompson) from The Roots for The Believer. I've never been a big fan of Touré's writing - at one point, after Tupac died, he pledged never to write on hip-hop again and for a long time, I had hoped he was serious but I have to say - this is one fantastic interview. It's not just that ?uest is a great interview (he is) but the two seemingly establish a fantastic rapport that leads them all these different places that, as a reader, you wouldn't anticipate. If you slept, like me, get with it now - it's never too late.

And oh yeah, this piece, which goes on for quite a while, is further proof that long-form music journalism is important and should be encouraged in these days of the mini-review. (thanks to Matos' blog)