In addition to being the musical brainchild behind The Roots and as part of the house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will be adding another job title to his lengthy resume.
Quest will be joining Universal Music Enterprises vice president of A&R Harry Weinger to co-teach a course titled ‘Classic Albums’ at the Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts this Spring semester. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two-credit course is said to touch on albums such as Sly & The Family Stone’s Stand!, There’s A Riot Goin’ On, Aretha Franklin’s Lady Soul, Led Zeppelin’s IV, Prince’s Dirty Mind, Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, and the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique.
“[?uestlove] really does represent this hybrid figure in the music industry at this point, this person who is a musician, has social media abilities, is an archivist, has an incredible music mind, and really understands the history of music in a way that you would previously only expect from music journalists,” said Jason King, associate professor of recorded music and head of history and criticism at the Institute. “So it’s exciting to have him in this position doing something that in many ways comes naturally to him.”
Questlove joines a number of Hip-Hop heads including 9th Wonder, Bun B, and Swizz Beatz to teach classes at prestigious universities.