Steve Mack/Getty Images
The Roots' drummer does a turn as a columnist for New York Magazine.
Attention music nerds: Questlove is now a music columnist.
After publishing his first book, Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove, the musical prodigy picked his pen back up to bring his encyclopedic hip-hop knowledge to New York Magazine’s Vulture, where he’ll pen a weekly series that will examine hip-hop’s evolution.
In the first installment, “When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America“, Quest waxes about hip-hop’s ubiquity, and how it has become synonymous with black culture. He writes:
And that’s what it’s become: an entire cultural movement, packed into one hyphenated adjective. These days, nearly anything fashioned or put forth by black people gets referred to as “hip-hop,” even when the description is a poor or pointless fit. “Hip-hop fashion” makes a little sense, but even that is confusing: Does it refer to fashions popularized by hip-hop musicians, like my Lego heart pin, or to fashions that participate in the same vague cool that defines hip-hop music? Others make a whole lot of nonsense: “Hip-hop food”? “Hip-hop politics”? “Hip-hop intellectual”? And there’s even “hip-hop architecture.” What the hell is that? A house you build with a Hammer?
Tell us what you think about his inaugural essay. Also, The Roots will perform on the Mainstage at this year’s Essence Festival. Get your tickets!
You may like
Get The Essence Newsletter and Special Offers delivered to your inbox!