Is Questlove Officially a New Yorker Now?

And what would that mean for Philly’s self-identification?

Questlove001WYNC moves to claim Questlove as New York’s own:

Sorry Philadelphia, but your favorite son put down deep roots here in New York this year. The polymath drummer still leads his band The Roots every night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but he also found time this year to publish a memoir full of great stories (Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove), do a regular DJ gig at Brooklyn Bowl, and curate a series of high-profile concerts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Then there’s the small matter of Wise Up Ghost, the record he and the Roots did with Elvis Costello. Did I mention his hoodie store and his Manhattan restaurant? Questlove is part of the reason why The Tonight Show is returning to its ancestral home — in New York — when Fallon takes over as host in February.

Are those typically arrogant New Yorker fighting words? Or have we actually lost Questo and his heart? Or are we just suffering from Philly’s usual chip-on-shoulder complex with New York?




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  • Allen Wing

    With regards to New York “culture” the majority of it is supplied by people that moved to that community from various parts of the globe, Questlove is just another example of that trend, Questlove love is on loan from Philly to New York, but his style and taste was cultivated in Philly.