When it comes to late night TV talk show bandleaders, few are as musically diverse as Questlove, the drummer for hip-hop neo soul band The Roots, who are the house band for ‰ÛÏLate Night With Jimmy Fallon‰Û.
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Hailing from Philadelphia, Ahmir Thompson (b. Jan 20, 1971) is a drummer, DJ, music producer, published author and journalist. He has also been involved with film, Broadway stage production, fashion design and even high end catering. Growing up touring with his father, Lee Andrews, a doo wop singer who played the ‰ÛÏoldies‰Û circuits, Questlove started on percussion at age 2 and by 13 was the music director of Andrews‰Ûª band.
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A seasoned professional by the time he graduated from high school, Thompson and Tariq Trotter formed what would become The Roots. In the early 1990s, their impeccable musicianship – a mix of hip hop, old school R&B, jazz and rock, became heavily in demand. Artists such as D‰ÛªAngelo, Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Jill Scott, John Legend, Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z, Common, and Al Green, among many others. ?uestlove has also been a highly sought drummer for artists as diverse as John Mayer, Christian McBride, Christina Aguilera, Hank Williams, Jr., and has performed and recorded with Steve Van Zandt, Joe Perry(Aerosmith), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Evanescence, and saxophonist Joshua Redman. Rolling Stone Magazine voted him the #8 best drummer of all time.The international television exposure garnered for The Roots and for Questlove in particular on ‰ÛÏLate Night With Jimmy Fallon‰Û has significantly raised his profile and has created a very lucrative demand for his appearances as a guest DJ. Combined with the omnivorous musicianship displayed on the program with all of the musical guests, ?uestlove has managed to parlay this celebrity into other ventures outside of music. He served as Associate Producer on the Broadway hit, ‰ÛÏFela!‰Û, has authored the book, ‰ÛÏMo Metta Blues: The World According to Questlove‰Û, and created a pair of custom sneakers for Nike: The Questlove x Nike 1 Air Force 1 and the Nike Questo. Both models are leather with custom colors and sport laser silhouettes of Questlove on the tongue of the shoe. His most recent entrepreneurial endeavor involves a high end catering company: Quest Loves Food Catering Company.A 2013 article in Forbes Magazine estimated ?uestlove‰Ûªs cumulative earnings from these various enterprises to be $6 million. His total net worth is estimated at $ 16 million.
How much is Questlove’s Net Worth? $16 Million!
Video Transcript:Questlove, otherwise known by his real name as Ahmir Khalib Thompson, is a drummer and DJ for the Roots, a popular hip hop group from Philadelphia. He was born in Philadelphia in 1971 to parents who were members of a 50s doo wop group, and grew up on the backstages of doo wop performances. Questlove started drumming at age 7 and had become a musical director by age 13. As a teenager, he enrolled into the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where he became friends with Tariq Trotter and formed a group called The Square Roots.The Square Roots eventually became the Roots, adding several other members and becoming one of the first hip hop acts to feature a live band. Questlove performed on percussion and together the group released their first album in 1993. Over the years, the Roots rose in popularity, releasing a string of successful albums and EPs which earned the group several Grammy awards. During his career with the Roots, Questlove also served as a drummer or producer for such artists as D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and Dilated Peoples.Quest Love’s net worth is estimated to be approximately $16 million, as the Roots released another successful album in 2014. However, more importantly, in February of 2014 the group became the house band on the Tonight Show hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The Roots are featured heavily on the show, and this has helped expose Quest Love and the Roots to a broader audience.Video Credit: AlphaLife.me on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6en3F4C7Zk