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Questlove Supreme

Questlove Supreme is a fun, irreverent and educational weekly podcast that digs deep into the stories of musical legends and cultural icons in a way that only Questlove and Team Supreme can deliver. Led by Each episode is driven by conversation ranging from the guest’s origins (along with a few never-before-revealed secrets to their success) to their life passions and current projects. This is not your typical interview show. This is about legends and legends in the making bringing their legacy to life in their own words. Previous guests have included Usher, Michelle Obama, Chris Rock, Steve Miller, Maya Rudolph, Weird Al, Chaka Khan, Babyface and many more.


Erika Alexander Part 1
Actress Erika Alexander joins Questlove Supreme for a special two-part interview. In the first half, Erika recalls an unusual upbringing that brought her from a childhood in a motel room along Route 66 to the city of Philadelphia. She details making a powerful impact on Camille Cosby to land a part in a beloved sitcom and how that experience prepared her for a definitive role on Living Single. Erika is an incredible storyteller who speaks with heart and draws from experience.See for privacy information.
57:48 4/24/24
QLS Classic: LA Reid Pt. 2
In Part 2 of this QLS Classic of LA Reid's comprehensive interview with Questlove Supreme, he recalls working with The Whispers, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson.See for privacy information.
82:34 4/22/24
Da Beatminerz
QLS gets in the weeds with Mr. Walt and Evil Dee of Da Beatminerz. This free-flowing discussion traces the origins of a very gritty sound and frequency of 1990s Rap production. The two brothers are not above clowning one another as they recall working on Black Moon's classic debut Enta Da Stage, going crate-digging with Q-Tip, and helping to make D&D Studios a true enclave of hardcore Hip Hop. True to Da Beatminerz' name and sound, this episode digs deep.See for privacy information.
105:18 4/17/24
QLS Classic: L.A. Reid Part 1
The first of L.A. Reid's 3-part QLS recalls his childhood in Cincinnati, playing the Indianapolis club circuit, working with Midnight Star, and meeting Babyface.See for privacy information.
67:28 4/15/24
Narada Michael Walden Part 2
In Part 2 of his Questlove Supreme interview, the musician-turned-super-producer Narada Michael Walden examines the 1980s. He recalls making hits with songstresses like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Angela Bofill, and Stacy Lattisaw. One can feel the passion, experimentation, and wise intensity of a 50-plus-year legend in the game. This interview is special.See for privacy information.
72:26 4/10/24
QLS Classic: Pat Metheny
This week's Questlove Supreme guest is considered a total flex for this show. To quote our leader, "He is the only man who has won Grammys in 10 categories!!!" Pat Metheny is truly one of the most adventurous and creative talents in music, in any genre he chooses. Listen as Quest and Team Supreme dive into a life of limitless improvisation and wait until you hear where he thinks music should go next! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee for privacy information.
103:06 4/8/24
Narada Michael Walden Part 1
Narada Michael Walden has won "Producer Of The Year" at the Grammy Awards. Before he produced monster records for Aretha Franklin, George Michael, Whitney Houston, and others, he was a prolific drummer from Michigan with a dream. In Part 1 of his Questlove Supreme interview, Narada recalls his upbringing and influences. He details his experiences, ranging from seeing Stevie Wonder as a child and years hanging out with P-Funk's Eddie Hazel. Narada also describes his time as a member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and working with some of the most revered Jazz legends while as a disciple of Sri Chinmoy. This is a rare audience with one of Questlove's greatest inspirations.See for privacy information.
50:20 4/3/24
QLS Classic: Esperanza Spalding
Travel back to early 2020 when Esperanza Spalding stopped by the studio to talk about the evolution of her artistry, the charms of Portland, Oregon, and some deeper discussions about spirituality.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee for privacy information.
45:10 4/1/24
Fatima Robinson
Fatima Robinson is a world-class dancer and choreographer who has pivoted to directing. You know Fatima's work, from Michael Jackson's "Remember The Time" to the Emmy-winning Dr. Dre-led Superbowl Halftime Show to Beyoncé's Renaissance Tour. In a Questlove Supreme conversation, Fatima gushes with passion for dance and hip-hop as she looks back at incredible work with Aaliyah, Michael, and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few. Fatima and Ahmir also reflect on collaborating on the two televised performances celebrating Hip Hop's 50th anniversary.See for privacy information.
81:48 3/27/24
QLS Classic: Sleater-Kinney
The guests on this 2020 episode of Questlove Supreme have been called one of the most important rock bands in the last 30 years, also being credited as pioneers in the Riot Grrrl movement. Listen to this QLS Classic as Sleater Kinney breakdown why hiatus is necessary and how this journey led them to a Path of Wellness.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee for privacy information.
66:59 3/25/24
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ledisi spends her new album's release day with Questlove Supreme. Ledisi reveals the challenges she has faced as a self-made DIY artist that works in multiple genres as well as stage and screen. However, after years on the grind, Good Life is a fitting title for the artist's newest project. Ledisi describes this album while recalling a journey of talent and tenacity.See for privacy information.
69:59 3/20/24
QLS Classic: Norah Jones
Back in 2020, Questlove had a special one-on-one interview with Norah Jones. She has sold over 50 million albums and earned nine Grammys. In this special QLS, Questlove and Norah reflect on 20 years of their friendship, and her musical journey from a restaurant server to a Blue Note Records superstar for a new generation.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee for privacy information.
60:18 3/18/24
Corinne Bailey Rae
This Questlove Supreme interview defies the typical order of things. Questlove and Team Supreme ask Corinne Bailey Rae about the inspiration, iconography, and real-life events that inspired her refreshing and recent Black Rainbows concept album. Then, the conversation heads backward through the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter's discography, dynamic musical journey, and Leeds upbringing. See for privacy information.
90:36 3/13/24
QLS Classic: Terri Lyne Carrington
In honor of Women's History Month, travel back to a 2022 conversation with the legendary prodigy drummer and visionary Terri Lyne Carrington, as she shares her stories of being a confident child amongst the greats. She breaks down earning the respect of the architects of Jazz, working on the Arsenio Hall Show, and appearing in Beat Street. See for privacy information.
82:12 3/11/24
Brittany Howard
Brittany Howard sits down with Questlove Supreme to discuss her new album, What Now. Howard also reflects on her upbringing and the formative years of the Alabama Shakes and discusses making a new home in Nashville. The vocalist and guitarist also reflects on the influence of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Pink Floyd, and David Bowie.See for privacy information.
77:31 3/6/24
QLS Classic: Anika Noni Rose
Celebrate Women's History Month at Questlove Supreme with 2021 conversation and a guest can literally do it all and does in the world of theater, TV and film. Think about it, Anika Noni Rose is an award winning actress who has played an array of characters who live in totally different worlds. From a Disney princess to crooked cop with enough edge to rival 50 Cent, she does it and we believe it. Whether she is singing her sentiments or speaking with a South African accent we feel her presence. But what is her story, where does such talent come from? Find out these answers and more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee for privacy information.
99:08 3/4/24
QLS Gives Frankie Beverly His Flowers
Frankie Beverly joins Questlove Supreme for a very special appearance. This rare in-studio conversation finds Team Supreme telling the Philadelphia native about his impact, significance, and ability to provoke joy through music as Frankie reflects on over 50 years of exceptional songs and showmanship.See for privacy information.
37:47 2/28/24
QLS Classic: Jemele Hill Part 2
In celebrating Black History Month, listen back to part 2 of a 2020 interview with the game changing Jemele Hill. In part 2 we dive into some of Jemele's favorite things, from Detroit to MJ and why local politics matter, to her top 5 albums of all time — which has some familiar names.See for privacy information.
69:56 2/26/24
Ed Eckstine
Ed Eckstine is a name that has come up during multiple QLS interviews. Now he sits down to talk about not only growing up in a legendary household where icons regularly stopped by, but he shares 50 years of music industry history. Ed recalls working at Quincy Jones Productions before his time with Clive Davis at Arista working with Whitney Houston and Kenny G. Eckstine also talks about his years leading Polygram and Mercury, where he signed acts like Tony! Toni! Toné!, Vanessa Williams, and Brian McKnight. This is a joyful deep dive filled with anecdotes, intersections, laughter, and two hours of insider wisdom.See for privacy information.
115:42 2/21/24
QLS Classic: Jemele Hill Part 1
Travel back to September 2020 for a QLS Classic time capsule: Ladies and gentlemen this long awaited episation (you'll get it after listening to the first 5 minutes) dives into the world of our favorite sports journalist and good troublemaker, Jemele Hill. In the true tradition of Questlove Supreme we not only take you through her life journey, we also fall into some pretty cool rabbit holes (The Bad Boys trilogy and Below Deck !?!?!?).   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee for privacy information.
77:57 2/19/24
Introducing "James Brown: Say it Loud"
James Brown: Say it Loud Premieres February 19 and 20 at 8pm ET/PT on A&E Directed by Deborah Riley Draper and Executive Produced by Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter and Mick Jagger, “James Brown: Say it Loud” traces the incredible trajectory of Brown’s life and career from a 7th grade drop-out arrested and jailed at the age of 16 for breaking into a car in the Jim Crow-era South, to an entertainment legend whose groundbreaking talent and unique perspective catapulted him to become a cultural force. Featuring never-before-seen archival interviews and performances of James Brown, plus interviews with friends, family, musicians and proteges including Mick Jagger, Questlove, Bootsy Collins, LL Cool J, The Rev. Al Sharpton, Chuck D, Dallas Austin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, his children Deanna, Yamma and Larry Brown, and many more, “James Brown: Say It Loud” is a definitive look at a complicated life and a reflection on the immense impact Brown continues to have on music and culture today.See for privacy information.
02:14 2/16/24
Robert Townsend Part 2
Here is part 2 from one of the greatest Questlove Supreme conversations ever. Robert Townsend speaks about the passion and purpose that went into making The Five Heartbeats. He details directing Eddie Murphy Raw and nearly getting an X-rating. Robert also discusses why the world needed Meteor Man and recalls coaching a shy Beyoncé for Carmen: A Hip Hop Opera. This interview runs deep with love, wisdom, and comedy.See for privacy information.
64:18 2/14/24
QLS Classic: George Clinton Part 2
In 2020, Questlove Supreme landed a bucket-list interview with the Funk captain himself, the legendary George Clinton. This episode hits all the topics you thought we missed and asks the questions you’ve been waiting to get answered. From Zapp to Prince and everything in between, ensure you complete your ride on the mothership with Questlove Supreme.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee for privacy information.
63:52 2/12/24
Robert Townsend Part 1
For 2024 Black History Month, QLS has some special programming. "This is the greatest episode ever," Questlove says during this two-part discussion with Hollywood revolutionary Robert Townsend. Part 1 includes his Chicago upbringing, gift for impersonations, and pursuit to become a working actor in New York. Robert touches on his ascent from minor roles in Cooley High and The Warriors to nearly becoming an SNL cast member. A focal point of Part 1 is Robert detailing how Townsend financed Hollywood Shuffle with a credit card and his word. This conversation with a true visionary is both funny and impactful.See for privacy information.
67:09 2/7/24
QLS Classic: George Clinton Part 1
In 2020, Team Supreme was blessed with an extensive conversation with George Clinton of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective. This two-part conversation features deep-dive discussion and the kinds of questions listeners will only find at Questlove Supreme. Check out part ONE of our George Clinton class. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee for privacy information.
62:22 2/5/24
Pino Palladino
One of the greatest bassists ever joins Questlove Supreme in the studio for a special interview. Pino Palladino discusses his journey from working on hit songs in the 1980s to joining Questlove, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and others as a critical figure in the Soulquarians sound in the late 1990s. In the 2000s, he toured with The Who, and continues working with the best in music. Pino discusses his playing style on the fretted bass, his move from Wales to the United States, and some stolen guitars. This episode is for lovers of innovative musicians discussing their craft.See for privacy information.
87:48 1/31/24
A QLS Update From Questlove
Questlove Supreme will return on January 31 with a brand new season of amazing guests, incredible conversations, and illuminating rabbit holes. Quest' hints at who will be appearing on the next QLS.See for privacy information.
00:57 1/22/24
Paradise Gray Part 2
Paradise Gray continues some incredible storytelling in part 2 of his QLS interview. He speaks about moments at the Latin Quarter nightclub that shaped Hip Hop history, his years with the X-Clan, and his collection of artifacts surrounding the culture. Listeners will understand why they call Paradise The Architect, as his passion, groundwork, and love of Hip Hop run deep.See for privacy information.
56:24 1/10/24
QLS Classic: Doug E. Fresh Part 2
Legendary episode alert! Or should we say an episode with a legend alert!?! Both would be true in speaking of Doug E. Fresh and while you may know the music, what do you know about the journey? Class starts now as Quest and Team Supreme attempt to dive into the life of one of the most important figures in music. Take a listen to part 2!See for privacy information.
85:56 1/8/24
Paradise Gray Part 1
Questlove Supreme sits down with a keystone of Hip Hop culture, Paradise Gray. In the first of a two-part interview, Paradise revisits growing up in the Bronx backdrop of Hip Hop. He recalls his time at The Latin Quarter, a legendary New York City club that birthed the careers of Rap legends and more. This is an insightful, informative, and entertaining in-studio interview.See for privacy information.
60:06 1/3/24

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