Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson also teaches a class at New York University called "Topics in Recorded Music: Classic Albums."

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Happy birthday, Questlove who turns 45 today! The founding member of hip hop-neo soul band The Roots was born on this day in Philadelphia to his two musician parents, with whom he learned the life of a touring performer from an early age. Quest, aka Ahmir Khalib Thompson, began drumming at age 2 and by age 8 served as a roadie setting up mics, lights, and even performing with his father when the original drummer was unable to make the show. Quest performed at Radio City Music Hall when he was 13 where he also played bongos as his parents performed, and later that year he became the music director for his dad’s group. While attending the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, Quest met Tariq Trotter, an aspiring MC. The two came together form “Black Thought” which would later transition into “The Roots”. It wasn’t until 1993 that the group recorded their first album “Organix” for the sole purpose of having merchandise to sell at a hip hop festival in Germany. That same year, the group landed a record contract with DGC later going on to record Grammy Award-winning gold album “Things Fall Apart” featuring vocalist Erykah Badu. Today, The Roots serve as one of the most prestigious backup bands for Jimmy Fallon’s show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Get your kool on today, Quest!