New York, Dec 30: Working with his group The Roots as the house band on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” has helped Questlove's music appreciation widen - He's now a huge fan of comedy albums.
In his list of top five CDs of the year, two of those were comedy albums: The Lonely Island's “Turtleneck & Chain” and “Comedy Person” by Wyatt Cenac, a correspondent and writer on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
“I will go on record as to say I really, really love ‘Turtleneck & Chain.' Like, I like ‘Turtleneck & Chain' sonically, I think it has a sense of humor (and) lyrically it's funny,” he said. “It's almost like if (Beastie Boys') ‘License to Ill' were made in ... 2011, it would have been ‘Turtleneck & Chain' ... it's kind of crazy and ironic that a bunch of comic geeks from California who made their way to ‘Saturday Night Live' have probably made one of the more credible hip-hop albums.”
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the drummer of The Roots, is known as a music connoisseur.
He's released more than a dozen albums as the front man of The Roots and has produced songs for acts like Jay-Z, Al Green and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Questlove's top five list also includes Adele's “21” and “Watch the Throne” by Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Questlove also said music by newcomer The Weeknd topped his list.
The Canadian act of Ethiopian descent, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, released a trilogy of well-received mixtapes this year (“House of Balloons,” “Thursday” and “Echoes of Silence”).
“That could be the future of R&B,” Questlove said of the singer, who recently produced songs for the latest album by fellow Canadian, rapper Drake.