Questlove Talks Rap’s Renaissance on Pandora’s ‘Questlove Supreme’

Questlove’s drumming up edutainment on his latest episode of “Questlove Supreme,” the legendary drummer’s new show on Pandora.

Joined by co-host Phonte and guest Dante Ross, Questo goes over a rap era that he considers its “Renaissance Period” during the new episode, which aired on Wednesday (Sept. 21).

“By the time 1992 came, there were a group of producers,” he explained, “Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, DJ Premier, Jazzy Jeff, a whole bunch of cats who were using jazz records…as their canvas and backdrop. That’s what I deem the Renaissance Period of Hip-Hop.”

To showcase that, Questlove didn’t just play classics like Leaders of the New School’s “Teachers, Don’t Teach Us Nonsense!” or Brand Nubian’s ever-relevant “Wake Up,” he also explored Ross’ career, going from pre-rap days to today.

“Questlove Supreme” is just part of a new era for Pandora. The company recently named Questlove its strategic advisor and its first-ever artist ambassador.

“Questlove is one of the most talented and influential artists of our time,” said Pandora founder and CEO Tim Westergren. “His near encyclopedic knowledge of the theory and history of music and his abiding passion for supporting artists of all kinds is a perfect match for our mission.”

The “Tonight Show” star and Roots leader added that he’s also thrilled to be joining Pandora on this journey. “Pandora is a company born of a musician’s experience,” he said. “I’m very excited to join them in their mission to create a healthy and vibrant industry for artists and fans alike.”

Join the Quest every Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST as Questlove shares his musical knowledge while providing insightful conversations.