Questlove Talks Kanye West’s Success in Music: “This Is Where I Go to Die”

During a “Storytellers” talk at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday, Questlove candidly opened up about the moment he realized Kanye West would surpass him.

Apparently, Questlove foreshadowed the trajectory of West’s success in music and questioned if Kanye’s beginning would be his personal end.

“I knew it wasn’t going to last forever and so there was this moment I describe in which we were sound checking Kanye’s moment for ‘Jesus Walks,’” Questlove said of the performance in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.

“Kanye was the only figure in that particular film that wasn’t in the original nucleus of the fable … and so even at soundcheck, he had such an energy about him, a new energy about him, that just brought the audience alive. And then as I was drumming, I was like, ‘Oh no.’ It was like a sixth sense moment. Like, ‘I’m dead!’ Like, ‘This is it for me. Like I’m no longer the spiritual epicenter of this clique. He’s about to be.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

As Kanye gained notoriety with the release of his debut album, “The College Dropout” in 2004, Questlove thought: “This is where I go to die.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The Roots’ frontman admitted that looking back, there was fault in his “overdramatic” thinking. He expressed appreciation for his “new lease on life,” a secured spot on The Tonight Show.

Questlove talks Kanye West
(Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

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Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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