AHMIR “QUESTLOVE” THOMPSON
Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling 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 beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this four-time Grammy® Award-winning musician’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released four books including the New York Times bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues, Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation, somethingtofoodabout, and most recently Mixtape Potluck. Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots have executive produced the acclaimed documentary series Hip-Hop: The Songs The Shook America on AMC under their production company, Two One Five Entertainment, which recently announced a first-look deal with Universal Television to develop scripted and non-scripted programming. Questlove will serve as executive producer for upcoming documentary, The League, centered on the tumultuous journey of Negro league baseball. He also made his directorial debut with the acclaimed feature documentary Summer of Soul, which explores the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The film debuted on the opening night of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in January.
Additionally, Questlove served as the executive music producer and composer on the A&E miniseries Roots. He also scored Chris Rock’s film Top Five and co-produced the GRAMMY Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton. Questlove also hosts his own podcast Questlove Supreme on iHeart. Most recently, Questlove co-starred in Disney/Pixar’s critically acclaimed animated feature Soul, which premiered in December 2020.