Know Your Roots with Questlove and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter

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Oct 11, 2019


Know Your Roots with Questlove and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter
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  • -I wanted to see how well yo guys know each other
  • in a new game, if you guys don't mind playing
  • It's called "Know Your Roots."
  • Now, here's how it works, okay
  • Don't touch anything, man.
  • One of you guys will wear thes noise-canceling headphones
  • while the other one answers question about you,
  • then you'll take the headphone off and we'll see
  • if your answers match. Make sense?
  • -Okay. -Is that an iPod?
  • -Yes. -[ Laughs ]
  • -I'm your grandpa, yeah.
  • Alright... -[ Laughs ]
  • -The first question is about you, so put these on...
  • -Okay. Okay. -...and I'll turn this jam on.
  • Take your in-ears out. -Oh. Jesus.
  • [ Indistinct music playing ]
  • -[ Laughs ] Alright, here we go.
  • -Can you hear what we're saying? Anything? [ Indistinct ]
  • -Quest, ready? -Okay.
  • -What's the most trouble Tariq got in growing up?
  • The most trouble. -[ Sighs heavily ]
  • These are what I think he'll say.
  • -Yes.
  • -Alright, one time he... [ Audience laughs ]
  • ...he accidentally set the house on fire.
  • [ Audience ohh's, laughs ]
  • And he, like, did it and then --
  • It was upstairs, so he ran downstairs in a panic,
  • and everyone was like, "You guys smell something?"
  • Tariq was, like, eating his food like, "Nope."
  • [ Laughter ]
  • So, I think he'll say the time that he accidentally --
  • -Did the place burn down? -Oh, yeah.
  • [ Audience shouts, laughs
  • But that's how we met
  • 'cause he had to move to his grandmom's crib.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Serendipitous.
  • -Alright. -I hope that's the answer.
  • -Question was -- What was the most trouble
  • that you got into growing up -Oh, uh...
  • Like, with the law?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -Check, please!
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Uhhhhh, sure, sure. What does that mean?
  • -The law. -I mean, you know...
  • Most trouble -- I don't -- Wow
  • I mean, I got in a lot of trouble growing up.
  • You know? -You were a bad kid?
  • -I wasn't a bad kid. I just, you know -- I just..
  • I just got in a lot of trouble -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • -Um... -Not the law. Just...
  • -Um, well, I got suspended from school,
  • you know, quite a few times.
  • I think, you know, we probably met
  • during one of my suspensions
  • Yeah, I was either going o coming.
  • -Yeah. But what did you do tha was bad -- like in trouble
  • -Um...probably like making out on school grounds or something
  • I think it was something light that time, you know.
  • -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -Yeah, yeah.
  • Making out, lighting a house on fire..
  • -Ohhh!
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -How do you forget lightin a house on fire?!
  • What's wrong with you?! "Making out!"
  • -I didn't forget lighting the house on fire.
  • -Yeah, he did. -Okay, I did,
  • I burned down the house. Yes, I burned down the house
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -The roof! The roof! The roof is on fire!
  • -But I didn't get in trouble for it.
  • I was a little kid, you know what I mean?
  • Like, if you come home, the house is on fire,
  • I mean, your concern as a parent is, "Did anyone get hurt?"
  • Right? So, I wasn't hurt,
  • no one else was hurt, so my mom was, you know,
  • probably super relieved. Yes, it was a bummer.
  • The house is gone.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -Go to your nonexistent room -My thought exactly.
  • Go to your room. -It's burnt down, mom! I can't
  • -I didn't get in trouble. -Oh, my gosh.
  • Alright. Here we go. This is for --
  • Can you put this on, Quest and press play on that jam
  • -Okay.
  • -Alright, this is the last one Ready?
  • What do you think was the strangest request
  • that Questlove has gotten whil deejaying?
  • -Mm. Mm.
  • -I -- I made the mistake a couple times
  • of going up to Quest when he's deejaying.
  • You never talk to a deejay -Yeah, he's really annoyed
  • -You don't do it. They pla what they want to play.
  • -Right. -But I was drunk,
  • and I was like, "Yo, can you play Randy Newman or something?"
  • And he was like, "Get out of here."
  • What would you think was the craziest request?
  • -Um...
  • I mean, you know...
  • One crazy was -- Okay, first of all,
  • just like you said, he doesn't accept requests
  • -He does not. -Yeah, the fact that he le
  • anyone approach him while deejaying
  • means that it must be like you or, I don't know,
  • like Barack Obama or somebody.
  • So, I think when we had done a show at the White House,
  • at which he was deejaying the after-party,
  • he was trying to keep it rea sort of clean
  • for most of the evening
  • because there was Paul McCartney,
  • Bruce Springsteen, you know what I mean.
  • There were -- You know, Lionel Richie was there.
  • So he was spinning sort of real mellow music,
  • and I think at one point, Obama or maybe --
  • I can't remember what -- either Michelle or Barack
  • came up to him and just requested
  • that he play some real stuff you know what I mean?
  • Like, "Yo, could you play some trap music, some --
  • you know, something...
  • -Barack Obama asked for trap music?
  • -Yeah, because it's what his daughters and their crew
  • sort of wanted to hear. So, yeah,
  • I think that was the request -Did he say no?
  • -No, he started playing it Yeah.
  • And the part got live!
  • It was crazy.
  • [ Chuckling ] It was crazy
  • Like, that's when the room went up.
  • -That's when he burned the house down?
  • Yeah -- Ah! [ Laughter and applause ]
  • -Quest -- -Wait a minute,
  • how long was this story that i was...
  • -No, no. [ Stammering ] Alright.
  • The question is -- What was th strangest request that you got
  • while deejaying?
  • Any gig. -Oh, no.
  • -I remember I asked you for a couple weird ones.
  • You don't like to be talked to -Not counting
  • when people are like, "Can you please stop
  • playing music right now."
  • [ Laughter ]
  • Oh, wait a minute, I had a really humiliating momen
  • with Prince once. -Ohh...
  • -What happened with Prince
  • -Uh...Okay, so, I was deejaying, and maybe like 20 minutes in
  • I guess he didn't like what I was playing,
  • so in that sort of "Scrubs,"
  • "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" sound effect way,
  • Prince and his assistant was like, "[Whooshes] Play this.
  • And they gave me a DVD of "Finding Nemo."
  • -Oh, wow. Yeah. I remember that. -I remember that.
  • -And then, I was like, "Well I don't have a DVD player.
  • And then they were like, "[Whooshes]
  • Here's a DVD player."
  • But the thing was, we were in a night-club atmosphere
  • so think like sexy 2004 where it was like a sexy environment.
  • -So they shut all the music of and put on "Finding Nemo"?
  • -And then I was like, "Well, there's no monitors,"
  • and then suddenly, like, monitors came down.
  • And he -- So then I put "Finding Nemo" on,
  • thinking he just wanted to see the visuals of it
  • while I kept deejaying. Then he was like,
  • "No, no. Play the movie."
  • So... [ Laughter ]
  • -Turn the music off. I want to watch "Finding Nemo.
  • -We're in da club -- Like D-A, da club --
  • and they're like -- Pixar's "Finding Nemo"
  • played for two hours. Please tell me that's the story.
  • -That is not the story. -Aw, damn.
  • -The story was...
  • Do you remember Barack Obama
  • -Oh, that's my second most-embarrassing -- yes.
  • -Dude, what happened?
  • -I didn't think that I should be playing
  • trap music at the White House.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -He asked for it?
  • -Well, yeah. I was playing it safe.
  • I'm in the White House. I'm in the Hall of President
  • and Taft and all those guy are, like, looking at me with...
  • -Barack Obama, he's like, "Hey uh, uh, turn it up."
  • -Yeah.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -He's basically telling me tha I was doing a bad job.
  • Like, "Oh, you're doing fine with disco, but...
  • [stammering] look at them. They want to dance."
  • And then I put on trap music
  • and then suddenly, it turned into, like,
  • the "Smells Like Teen Spirit video.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -We saw the portraits of all the presidents --
  • George Washington... -Yeah, shed a tear.
  • -One tear rolled down his cheek.
  • -The funniest moment was Stevie Wonder
  • actually responded, too.
  • Like, in his chair, suddenly he's like...
  • It was...like literally -- -Gone, yeah.
  • -Yeah.
  • -I want to say congrats on "Hip Hop" on AMC
  • and congrats on "Mixtape Potluck."
  • Thank you for being
  • the best house band in the whole wide world.
  • -Aw, come on. -Thank you.
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • -Questlove! Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter!
  • Questlove's "Mixtape Potluck is available October 15th!
  • And "Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America"
  • premieres Sunday on AMC.

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The Roots' Questlove and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter take turns putting on noise-canceling headphones while Jimmy asks them questions about each other, challenging them to match answers.

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Know Your Roots with Questlove and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter