Rolling Stone released its list of “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” last week.
Questlove is named the #54 best drummer on the list. The Roots member, born Ahmir Thompson, is honored for his ability to mesh Hip Hop with his instrumental talent. Rolling Stone cites “You Got Me” as a specific moment that challenged previous conventions of creating sound electronically. His work on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is acknowledged as showcasing his ability to relate to a wide variety of artists.
“Ahmir Thompson has taken on many roles,” the publication says, “neo-soul superproducer, polymathic author/raconteur, talk-show bandleader, Broadway musical consultant, celebrity superfan — but those opportunities arose because he’s foremost a wickedly versatile drummer whose playing has consistently upended expectations.”
Others on the list include Travis Barker, D’Angelo and Adele collaborator Chris Dave, Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr, Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham and R&B legends Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jabo” Starks.
To read the entire list, visit Rolling Stone.
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