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With the debates officially and thankfully behind us and Election Day just around the corner, we thought we would see who is giving what to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Below are some of the candidates' more prominent Philadelphia-area contributors and their contributions* based on information provided by the Federal Election Commission.[table id=9 /][table id=11 /]* Contributions include individual contributions made directly to the candidate as well as some contributions made to PACs.
Heartthrob Justin Timberlake and smokeshow Jessica Biel recently tied the knot in Italy while Britney Spears' Ghost of Boyfriends Past tried to console her and explain that JT couldn't hear her—no matter how loudly she wailed and apologized—because she was dreaming and wasn't actually at the reception. After staring deeply into each others' souls and pledging eternal commitment, Timberlake and Biel had one hell of a party for a slew of famous guests, including Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, and Timbaland. Who deejayed that party? Questlove, of course. He spun a few JT records, but no *NSYNC. Then, Timberlake sang a
Questlove—bandleader of The Legendary Roots Crew, NYU professor, and cover model for our September issue of Philly Mag (let me pick that up real quick)—has been turned into a cartoon for the upcoming season premiere of The Cleveland Show on Fox. The episode focuses on the hip-hop Illuminati and includes cameos from Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Will.I.Am, and "Kenny West" (voiced by Kanye). In a clip released on the Interweb, a cartoon Questlove and "Kenny West" re-enact the giant piano scene from Big on the world's largest remote control. If it weren't for the puppies saving the lost boy with
Add "professor" to Questlove's extensive resumé. The Roots leader will be co-teaching a "Classic Albums" course with Universal Music Enterprises vice president of A&R Harry Weinger. The two-credit class will feature lessons on albums like Aretha Franklin's Lady Soul and Led Zeppelin's IV and Paul's Boutique from the Beastie Boys. An NPR blog post inspired the idea for the course, when an intern's review of Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back particularly irked Questlove, who responded on Twitter. [Billboard]
In an animated video a la The Ricky Gervais Show, Grantland has offered up visual interpretations of the B.S. Report (a podcast). This video includes an animated version of Neal Brennan's story about a Prince concert. Brennan—co-creator of Chappelle's Show—was hanging out with Dave Chapelle and Questlove when The Roots drummer suggested they check out Prince's concert. Prince called out to Chappelle from the stage and invited the guys to his hotel room after the show where they hung out with his Canadian wife's family. Prince even offered them pancakes. The only thing that would make this cooler is if
A new social media metrics tool from StatusPeople allows users to see how many of their Twitter followers are fake. The folks over at Technically Philly used the tool to check up on the followers of some of Philly's most prominent Twitter feeds. In doing so, they discovered that Questlove has popcorn muscles on Twitter. According to Fake Follower Check, a fifth of Questlove's followers are fake and half of them are inactive. That leaves him with only 726,000 active followers.
Questlove’s Beastie Boys Mix Proves He’s More Productive During His Lunch Break Than You Are All Day
What did you do during your lunch break today? If you're anything like us, you probably waited in line at Nom Nom Ramen or barely managed to make it to Wawa and back before you needed to get back to work. Well, in the amount of time it takes for you to stuff your face or otherwise not contribute to society, Questlove can turn out an awesome mix like the one he made for the behind-the-scenes folks leading up the Beastie Boys' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He released it earlier this week in honor of the birthday
?uestlove has announced that he'll be re-launching his Okayplayer Records this fall. The label has been hiatus since the 2004 release of the True Notes Vol 1. compilation. Okayplayer Records will release Payback by Atlanta rapper Danny! on September 25th and then an instrumental album by Young Guru called Essentials Vol 1. on October 9th. Common, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Philly's own Jill Scott have previously worked with the label. [Billboard]
This weekend, Questlove, Black Thought, and the rest of the Legendary Roots Crew will congregate at Penn's Landing along with a host of other musical acts and tens of thousands of their collective fans for the Roots Picnic 2012, thereby kicking off Philadelphia's Summer Concert Season. I talked to Questlove about the festival, which has been extended from one to two days for this fifth annual edition.