questlove explains why prince is a hip hop pioneer

In a moving Instagram post the drummer, producer and writer details how the late legend personified the best parts of the scene.

by Wendy Syfret
31 May 2016, 4:58am

Image via Flickr Creative Commons

When US hip hop magazine The Source decided to put Prince on the cover of their latest issue, some readers took pause. While you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who wasn't a fan of the legend who passed away last month, he's not generally seen as a hip hop artist. But in a lengthy Instagram post yesterday, Roots drummer, writer, producer and super nice guy Questlove argued that not only did Prince belong to the hip hop genre—he was a pioneer of it.

Across 40 points Quest explained that Prince's rise from an impoverished background, DIY approach, disinterest in convention, knack for reinvention, creativity with language, political savvy and commitment to creative independence meant he personified the best parts of the scene.

It's not the first time Quest has spoken about his deep love for the late artist. Following his death he paid respects with dedicated DJ sets, an essay for Rolling Stone, a Billboard Music Awards tribute and during the monolog on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Do yourself a favour and check out the full 40 point post for some serious bitter-sweetness. 



Text Wendy Syfret
Image via Flickr Creative Commons

the roots