Questlove Says That The Late, Great Robin Williams Was A Roots Head

In the last 24 hours, the world mourns the death of Robin Williams. On August 11, the Academy Award-winning film actor, television star, voice-actor, and stand-up comedian was found dead in his Hollywood, California. While reports are still confirming the cause of death from what appears to be suffocation, an interesting account of Williams has emerged for Hip-Hop Heads.


The Roots band-leader, producer, and percussionist Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson recalls that the star of Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam!, Hook, and Mrs. Doubtfire was more than just a “You Got Me” and “Seed 2.0” fan of the Illadelph Roots crew.

Referring to a marginalizing Grammy Awards, Questlove recalls feeling downtrodden being a dismissed nominee group, surrounded by music and entertainment’s most recognized stars. On his Instagram page, as reported by Salon, Questo recalls, “…This particular Sunday we were walking backstage and had to ride the elevator to the backstage area and we piled inside when suddenly this voice just said, “Questlove…Black Thought…Rahzel….The Roots from Philadelphia!” That’s right you walked on this elevator saying to yourself, ‘Ain’t no way this old white dude knows my entire history and discography,’….We laughed so hard. That NEVER happened to us before. Someone—a legend acknowledged us and really knew who we were (his son put him on to us) man it was a small 2 minute moment in real life but that meant the world to me at the time. Every time I saw him afterwards he tried to top his trivia knowledge on all things Roots associated. Simply because he knew that meant everything to me.”

Robin Williams’ 30 year-old son, Zachary, is reportedly a longtime fan who introduced his father to the acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning group. Williams’ death comes just weeks after The Roots’ longtime manager, Richard Nichols, also died.

Ambrosia For Heads would like to extend condolences to Robin Williams’ family, friends, and many fans. He will be missed.

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