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Ahmir Khalib Thompson—professionally known as Questlove—talks about making the song "It Ain't Fair" with his band, The Roots, and performance art, Bilal.
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Ahmir Khalib Thompson—professionally known as Questlove—talks about making the song "It Ain't Fair" with his band, The Roots, and performance art, Bilal.
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any fair. It's hard when you're looking for love it there. E recorded this interview with Questlove at 30 Rockefeller Center in between tapings of the Tonight Show, This is a mere khalib Thompson PK Questlove of the legendary roots crew and co author of It Ain't Fair by the Roots and Blau. The origin of this song was one of my managers era. It was just like Kathryn Bigelow was gonna call you in five minutes. I was like, OK, fine. But inside I was like, You know, So I took the phone call. Being a very, very big fan of Kathryn Bigelow is work not knowing what to expect. And she called me around March and said, Hey, I have a movie and I think it's perfect for you guys to submit a song. She's like, I just want to set the screening and I want you to watch it and then I'm gonna call you back in a couple of days. I think she said, I'll let you simmer in it or let you ponder it. When I heard that, I thought, Wait a minute. Detroit riot. Kathryn Bigelow cinema style. Oh, God, this is gonna be something crazy. I was working security by Wisconsin, and on Tuesday night he had a gun. Fire coming from the area near the Algiers police was there. There was a lot of shooting. Yeah, when I went in there, three kids have been killed. The movie absolutely devastated me. Not to mention she showed it to me like 10 days after the Philando Castille situation and Minnesota was going on. So it's like all of those things were dancing in my head. I'm just sitting there tears welling up, but I'm like, bathed in anger like I just sat there like, How the hell am I supposed to make sense of what I saw? We got on the phone three days later, and she's like, So how do you feel? And my exactly what part of my friends was I'm at us. Fuck, she said, Good. Now where's my song? The best political storyteller that I know asleep for soul music in my mind was Curtis Mayfield, and there was a song on his very first solo record called The Other Side of Town, and it was like a roller coaster. Slow parts were slow and menacing, and then the fast part was intense and fired up and angry and the other side of town waas part of the blueprint in my head for the song I'm from the other side of town E I thought, Okay, I need a song that feels like a roller coaster to be quiet and cold at moments and to slowly rise up to a boiling point. Last year for Christmas, someone gave me one of those, like ironic cassette players from Urban Outfitters on a bunch of blank cassettes. So I had to wait till I got home. I got home and got my cassette player and just kept humming that sort of thing. All right, good. We come follow both be like Curtis because I fished is in the Yeah, the oh, all right, so that's the Kurdish party. I told Catherine that it'll take maybe eight minutes for us to get this out. Our system and I felt some sort of way of telling her that. Like Okay, this song has now become about how do I make myself feel relief from what I just saw
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