Questlove Mentors A Young Street Drummer With Common & Black Thought’s Support (Video)

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In the early 1990s, The Roots (as The Square Roots) regularly played before sidewalk audiences along Philadelphia’s South Street. In the days before major label support and Grammy awards, Questlove, Black Thought, Malik B, and company used their music as a free gift to the people, and presumably welcomed any support from those moved.

This month, Quest, Thought, and longtime affiliate Common were kicking it in the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana. There, each artist found a way to lend some major support to a budding street musician. Seeing a bucket-drummer, Ahmir sits beside him and begins to jam with a plastic bucket of his own. The two drummers keep great time, with the young man showing he’s far from intimidated, as he flips and tosses his sticks, effortlessly.

Not wanting to simply be a spectator, Comm’ Sense starts to freestyle, while Tariq tells onlookers just what they are witnessing, and what courage street performers have. Meanwhile, more than just a jam buddy, Quest offers some tips to the teen on how to pat the pads.

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Per an Instagram post, Common revealed that he arranged the meeting, and after their exchange, Quest gave the budding drummer a new drum set.

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As a note, Questlove’s Pandora radio show, A Questlove Supreme is currently enjoying its second season.