- NAME: Questlove
- OCCUPATION: Drummer, Music Producer, Television Personality, Blogger
- BIRTH DATE: January 20, 1971 (Age: 43)
- EDUCATION: Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: Ahmir Khalib Thompson
- AKA: Questlove
- AKA: Questo
- AKA: Brother Question
- AKA: BROther
- AKA: ?uestlove
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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Ahmir Khalib Thompson, also known as Questlove, is known as a founding member of hip-hop/neo-soul group the Roots.
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Also in 2011, the group released their next album, Undun, and created the score for Betty Wright: The Movie. "What Fallon has allowed us to do is really concentrate on the craft of production and music," Thompson said of his new gig. "When we're touring, it's soundchecks, a night here, night there; it's really not a steady rhythm... But coming to Fallon—us being disciplined and there every day from 10 till 3 rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing—has made us better musicians,
Thompson, not one to rest on the heels of his success, has also been involved in a dizzying array of side projects. He appeared as a drummer for the instrumental jazz album, The Philadelphia Experiment in 2001, and in 2002 he released the compilation ?uestlove Presents: Babies Making Babies. He has also served as an executive producer for artists such as D'Angelo and Common; has written film scores; and drummed for artists like Christina Aguilera, Fiona Apple and Joss Stone.
In 2011 alone, Thompson has spun records for the Brooklyn Bowl, Heidi Klum's Halloween Party, and Skullcandy's three-story Sundance house; appeared in two documentaries--one about 70s black activists and another about A Tribe Called Quest; played a tsunami-relief concert; and co-produced albums for Booker T. and Al Green.
In addition, he has opened his own catering company, Quest Loves Food. The company focuses on chicken, but also serves other soul food items like macaroni and cheese balls, black-eyed peas, and kale. In addition, his high-end catering business provides musical accompaniment from members of his own group, or from special guests. "In a perfect world, I would like to have a line of 15 really funky food trucks that go to all the festivals, the Bonnaroos, the Coachellas," he told reporters at Adweek.
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