The Roots’ head honcho Questlove has led an interesting life. In the past few months alone he’s recorded with Elvis Costello and D’Angelo, taught a college course, and served as a member of the Illuminati, all while regularly performing on Fallon, DJing at various gigs, and thriving on Twitter. This June, he’ll extrapolate on his past with his memoir, Mo Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove.
Described as a “punch-drunk memoir,” the tome will tell the story of the man born Ahmir Thompson from “growing up in 1970’s West Philly as the son of a 1950’s doo-wop singer, to finding his own way though the music world and ultimately co-founding and rising up with The Roots.” He’ll also offer musings on the “state of hip hop, the state of music criticism, the state of statements” and his various run-ins and collaborations with superstars like KISS, Jay-Z, Dave Chapelle, and a roller-skating Prince. That last one deserves an entire chapter or two.
“But more than just a series of remembrances Mo’ Meta Blues is a book that also questions the nature of memory and the idea of a post modern Black man saddled with some post-modern Blues,” a press release reads. “It’s the side wind of a one-of-a-kind mind. It’s a rare gift that gives as well as takes.”
Mo Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove will be available June 18th via Grand Central Publishing. For a look at how jam-packed Questo’s day truly is, watch him on an episode of Hulu’s A Day In The Life.
Update: As it turns out, The Roots’ Black Thought is also writing a memoir, which he is working on with hip-hop writer Jeff Chang and filmmaker Maori Karmael Holmes.