Questlove: Kanye West was the death of me
Questlove always thought Kanye West was poised to surpass him.
During a discussion about his career trajectory during a “Storytellers” talk at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday, Questlove revealed that he knew he was superseded when West entered the scene.
“I knew it wasn’t going to last forever and so there was this moment I describe in which we were sound checking Kanye’s moment for ‘Jesus Walks,’” the Roots drummer said of a performance for “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.” “Kanye was the only figure in that particular film that wasn’t in the original nucleus of the fable … and so even at soundcheck, he had such an energy about him, a new energy about him, that just brought the audience alive. And then as I was drumming, I was like, ‘Oh no.’ It was like a sixth sense moment. Like, ‘I’m dead!’ Like, ‘This is it for me. Like I’m no longer the spiritual epicenter of this clique. He’s about to be.”
Grammy-winning Questlove, 48, joked that he saw it even more clearly when Common started acting differently toward West, 41, than he did with Questlove.
Soon after, West released his debut studio album “The College Dropout” in 2004, prompting Questlove to think: “This is where I go to die.”
He later admitted it was “overdramatic” but the experience taught him not to “[take] any second for granted” when he and the Roots “got a new lease on life” by signing on to “The Tonight Show.”
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