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Questlove: My Youth in 27 Records

June 13th, 2013 by Giselle

Part of your youth, too, I’m guessing. Take a trip down memory lane (here’s a cut below), via VULTURE.

1988:
Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
I bought this cassette before I went to work. I wasn’t allowed to have my Walkman on when I cooked fries, so I kept sneaking to the freezer to hear “Show ’Em Whatcha Got.” It enlarged me. “I’m going on lunch break,” I said, but I knew I was never going back.

1989:
Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique
Here was an album making art of my dad’s soft rock and yacht rock and my sister’s mainstream junior-high-school rock albums. It’s when I realized I wanted to make records.

1990:
Ice Cube, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
At first I hadn’t been sure about N.W.A. They had Jheri curls and seemed kind of corny. It wasn’t until Tariq [Trotter] made me listen to “Fuck tha Police” that I realized how good they were. Ice Cube’s first solo album upped the ante. It was like watching a movie with no screen.

From the book Mo’ Meta Blues, by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Ben Greenman. © 2013 by Ahmir Thompson. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.

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