Ahmir-Khalib Thompson

Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born on January 20, 1971), known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove (also known as BROther ?uestion, Questo or Brother Question), is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. He is best known as the drummer for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, which is now the in-house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has produced for artists such as Common, D'Angelo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Jay-Z, Nikka Costa and more recently, Al Green, Amy Winehouse and John Legend. He is a member of the production teams the Soulquarians, The Randy Watson Experience, and The Grand Wizzards. Description above from the Wikipedia article Questlove,licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Bamboozled (2000)

TV producer Pierre Delacroix becomes frustrated when network brass reject his sitcom idea. Hoping to get fired, Delacroix pitches the worst idea he can think of: a 21st century minstrel show. The network not only airs it, but it becomes a smash hit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Damon Wayans  •  Savion Glover  •  Tommy Davidson  •  Jada Pinkett Smith

TV producer Pierre Delacroix becomes frustrated when network brass reject his sitcom idea. Hoping to get fired, Delacroix pitches the worst idea he can think of: a 21st century minstrel show. The network not only airs it, but it becomes a smash hit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Damon Wayans  •  Savion Glover  •  Tommy Davidson  •  Jada Pinkett Smith

Brown Sugar (2002)

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Famuyiwa
CAST:  Sanaa Lathan  •  Taye Diggs  •  Yasiin Bey  •  Queen Latifah

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Famuyiwa
CAST:  Sanaa Lathan  •  Taye Diggs  •  Yasiin Bey  •  Queen Latifah

Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)

The American comedian/actor delivers a story about the alternative Hip Hop scene. A small town Ohio man’s moves to Brooklyn, New York, to throw an unprecedented block party.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Dave Chappelle  •  Erykah Badu  •  Common  •  Yasiin Bey

The American comedian/actor delivers a story about the alternative Hip Hop scene. A small town Ohio man’s moves to Brooklyn, New York, to throw an unprecedented block party.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Dave Chappelle  •  Erykah Badu  •  Common  •  Yasiin Bey

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records (2013)

Under the direction of founder and world-renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw Records has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums since its founding in 1996. Drawing on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Broadway
CAST:  Common  •  Michael Diamond  •  MF DOOM  •  Flying Lotus

Under the direction of founder and world-renowned DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw Records has consistently released critically acclaimed, left-of-center albums since its founding in 1996. Drawing on live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Broadway
CAST:  Common  •  Michael Diamond  •  MF DOOM  •  Flying Lotus

SampleThis (2013)

A documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Forrer
CAST:  Gene Simmons  •  Rosey Grier  •  Melle Mel  •  Ahmir-Khalib Thompson

A documentary that reveals how a forgotten record by the Incredible Bongo Band helped cement the foundation of hip hop when DJ Herc extended its percussion by playing them back to back, creating an anthem on the streets of the Bronx.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Forrer
CAST:  Gene Simmons  •  Rosey Grier  •  Melle Mel  •  Ahmir-Khalib Thompson

Finding the Funk (2014)

Finding the Funk is a road trip in search of the past, present and future of Funk music. Starting with Funk's roots in Jazz and the James Brown bands of the '60s we travel to the Bay Area to celebrate Sly & the Family Stone, then to Dayton the birthplace of so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nelson George
CAST:  George Clinton  •  Bootsy Collins  •  Ahmir-Khalib Thompson  •  James Brown

Finding the Funk is a road trip in search of the past, present and future of Funk music. Starting with Funk's roots in Jazz and the James Brown bands of the '60s we travel to the Bay Area to celebrate Sly & the Family Stone, then to Dayton the birthplace of so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nelson George
CAST:  George Clinton  •  Bootsy Collins  •  Ahmir-Khalib Thompson  •  James Brown

A Band Called Death (2013)

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Christopher Covino  •  Jeff Howlett
CAST:  Bobby Hackney  •  Dannis Hackney  •  David Hackney  •  Henry Rollins

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early '70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Christopher Covino  •  Jeff Howlett
CAST:  Bobby Hackney  •  Dannis Hackney  •  David Hackney  •  Henry Rollins

Bad 25 (2012)

Spike Lee pays tribute to Michael Jackson's Bad on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the epochal album, offering behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson recording the album and interviews with confidants, musicians, choreographers, and such music-world superstars as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Michael Jackson  •  Spike Lee  •  Sheryl Crow  •  Mariah Carey

Spike Lee pays tribute to Michael Jackson's Bad on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the epochal album, offering behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson recording the album and interviews with confidants, musicians, choreographers, and such music-world superstars as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Michael Jackson  •  Spike Lee  •  Sheryl Crow  •  Mariah Carey

Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (2011)

Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as 'A Tribe Called Quest' have kept a generation hungry for more of their groundbreaking music since their much publicized breakup in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Rapaport
CAST:  Mary J. Blige  •  Common  •  Q-Tip  •  Michael Rapaport

Having forged a 20-year run as one of the most innovative and influential hip hop bands of all time, the Queens NY collective known as 'A Tribe Called Quest' have kept a generation hungry for more of their groundbreaking music since their much publicized breakup in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Rapaport
CAST:  Mary J. Blige  •  Common  •  Q-Tip  •  Michael Rapaport

And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop (2004)

The film documents the development of hip hop culture since its inception in the 1970s. With interviews from various figures in the community such as Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Fab 5 Freddy, KRS-One, MC Hammer and Busy Bee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dana Heinz Perry  •  Richard Lowe
CAST:  Nas  •  Afrika Bambaataa  •  Michael Holman  •  André Benjamin

The film documents the development of hip hop culture since its inception in the 1970s. With interviews from various figures in the community such as Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, Fab 5 Freddy, KRS-One, MC Hammer and Busy Bee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dana Heinz Perry  •  Richard Lowe
CAST:  Nas  •  Afrika Bambaataa  •  Michael Holman  •  André Benjamin

Before the Music Dies (2006)

B4MD tells the story of American music at this precarious moment. Filmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen traveled the country, hoping to understand why mainstream music seems so packaged and repetitive, and whether corporations really had the power to silence ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Shapter
CAST:  Elvis Costello  •  Les Paul  •  Erykah Badu  •  Bonnie Raitt

B4MD tells the story of American music at this precarious moment. Filmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen traveled the country, hoping to understand why mainstream music seems so packaged and repetitive, and whether corporations really had the power to silence ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Shapter
CAST:  Elvis Costello  •  Les Paul  •  Erykah Badu  •  Bonnie Raitt

Mr. Dynamite - The Rise of James Brown (2014)

James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Abandoned by his parents at an early age, James Brown was a self-made man who became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, not just through his music, but also as a social activist. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Gibney
CAST:  James Brown  •  Bootsy Collins  •  Chuck D  •  Mick Jagger

James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Abandoned by his parents at an early age, James Brown was a self-made man who became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, not just through his music, but also as a social activist. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Gibney
CAST:  James Brown  •  Bootsy Collins  •  Chuck D  •  Mick Jagger

All Access: Front Row. Backstage. Live! (2001)

IMAX invites you backstage to the Rock n' Roll event of the year. The acts featured won a combined total of 13 Grammy® Awards in 2000. This exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of putting on a mega-concert combines candid moments backstage with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martyn Atkins
CAST:  Sting  •  Cheb Mami  •  George Clinton  •  Mary J. Blige

IMAX invites you backstage to the Rock n' Roll event of the year. The acts featured won a combined total of 13 Grammy® Awards in 2000. This exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of putting on a mega-concert combines candid moments backstage with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martyn Atkins
CAST:  Sting  •  Cheb Mami  •  George Clinton  •  Mary J. Blige

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar Conner4real goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He'll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The Style Boyz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Akiva Schaffer  •  Jorma Taccone
CAST:  Andy Samberg  •  Jorma Taccone  •  Akiva Schaffer  •  Imogen Poots

When his new album fails to sell records, pop/rap superstar Conner4real goes into a major tailspin and watches his celebrity high life begin to collapse. He'll try anything to bounce back, anything except reuniting with his old rap group The Style Boyz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Akiva Schaffer  •  Jorma Taccone
CAST:  Andy Samberg  •  Jorma Taccone  •  Akiva Schaffer  •  Imogen Poots

All Things Must Pass (2015)

Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Colin Hanks
CAST:  Dave Grohl  •  Elton John  •  Bruce Springsteen  •  Chris Cornell

Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Colin Hanks
CAST:  Dave Grohl  •  Elton John  •  Bruce Springsteen  •  Chris Cornell

Am I Black Enough for You (2009)

A creative documentary about the song recorded by soul-man Billy Paul in the 70's. But also about the Philly Sound, Philadelphia, racism, cocaine, money and fame in the life and love of a beautiful elderly couple.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Göran Olsson
CAST:  Billy Paul  •  Malik Abdul-Basit  •  Jay Berger  •  Clive Davis

A creative documentary about the song recorded by soul-man Billy Paul in the 70's. But also about the Philly Sound, Philadelphia, racism, cocaine, money and fame in the life and love of a beautiful elderly couple.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Göran Olsson
CAST:  Billy Paul  •  Malik Abdul-Basit  •  Jay Berger  •  Clive Davis

Mr. SOUL! (2018)

On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national television stage. He was hip. He was smart. He was innovative, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pollard  •  Melissa Haizlip
CAST:  Ellis Haizlip  •  Sidney Poitier  •  Blair Underwood  •  Harry Belafonte

On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national television stage. He was hip. He was smart. He was innovative, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Pollard  •  Melissa Haizlip
CAST:  Ellis Haizlip  •  Sidney Poitier  •  Blair Underwood  •  Harry Belafonte

2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2018)

Recorded live, this special honors fivenew performer category inductees: Bon Jovi, The Cars, Nina Simone, The Moody Blues and Dire Straits.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Carrie Keagan  •  Jon Bon Jovi  •  Ric Ocasek  •  Mark Knopfler

Recorded live, this special honors fivenew performer category inductees: Bon Jovi, The Cars, Nina Simone, The Moody Blues and Dire Straits.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Carrie Keagan  •  Jon Bon Jovi  •  Ric Ocasek  •  Mark Knopfler

Rock Rubber 45s (2018)

A cinematic odyssey exploring the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic NYC culture orchestrator Bobbito García. The film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobbito Garcia
CAST:  Lin-Manuel Miranda  •  Ahmir-Khalib Thompson  •  Chuck D  •  Bobbito Garcia

A cinematic odyssey exploring the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic NYC culture orchestrator Bobbito García. The film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobbito Garcia
CAST:  Lin-Manuel Miranda  •  Ahmir-Khalib Thompson  •  Chuck D  •  Bobbito Garcia

Someone Great (2019)

An aspiring music journalist lands her dream job and is about to move to San Francisco when her boyfriend of nine years decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, she and her two best friends spend one outrageous last adventure in New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
CAST:  Gina Rodriguez  •  Brittany Snow  •  DeWanda Wise  •  Lakeith Stanfield

An aspiring music journalist lands her dream job and is about to move to San Francisco when her boyfriend of nine years decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, she and her two best friends spend one outrageous last adventure in New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
CAST:  Gina Rodriguez  •  Brittany Snow  •  DeWanda Wise  •  Lakeith Stanfield
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