Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, legendary singer-songwriter Art Garfunkel joined Philly’s Questlove and Black Thought (aka the Roots as Black Simon and Garfunkel) for a rendition of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” As Pitchfork points out, the breathy performance is worthy of classic Simon and Garfunkel, and they even throw in a little of 1970 S&G hit “The Boxer” at the end. Check it out above.
Sunday night, Justin Bieber grabbed the world’s attention when he shed tears on stage at the VMAs, but later in the week, he was making Questlove cry.
The Biebs stopped by the Tonight Show Wednesday to talk about his VMA performance and what he’s up to next. Before he left, host Jimmy Fallon reminded him of a drum-off he and Questlove had five years ago, in which the Philly-born drummer triumphed.
Legendary comedian Don Rickles has made a career out of ribbing people—so much so that, in the comedy world, it’s considered a badge of honor to take an insult from the 89-year-old funny man. But his no-holds-barred jabs aren’t restricted to comedians. Last night, before he even got comfortable in his seat on the Tonight Show, he went straight for house drummer and Philly native Questlove, who had just finished playing Rickles’ intro music with the Roots.
A+E Networks is taking on the gargantuan task of remaking the television version of Roots, which was adapted from Alex Haley’s decades-spanning tome that follows the author’s family from their homeland in Africa to America where they live as slaves. The original miniseries, which aired over several days, was a major event when it played on TVs in the late 1970s. Deadline has more on the premise:
A few weeks ago, The Roots invited A$AP Rocky to Philadelphia to perform at the eighth annual Roots Picnic at Penn’s Landing. Last night, A$AP returned the favor by asking them on to come on stage to back him up on The Tonight Show as he rapped two of his latest singles, “L$D” and “Jukebox Joints.” The songs come from his sophomore album At. Long. Last. A$AP., which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Check out the performance above.
Musical parody duo Black Simon and Garfunkel (aka The Roots’ Questlove and Captain Kirk Douglas) covered Taylor Swift’s latest single “Bad Blood” on The Tonight Show Last Night. This is one of a handful of covers the pair has done, including Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lorde’s “Royals.” Check it out above.
Philly-bred Roots drummer Questlove took a trip to Cuba earlier in the year, and the whole thing is chronicled in a new documentary by Okayplayer that you can now watch on YouTube.
The film was directed by Jauretsi and Daniel Petruzzi. A synopsis: “In addition to two nights of DJing, Questlove made good use of his time in Havana, engaging in extensive cultural research both by digging up some classic Cuban-made vinyl and by visiting the legendary EGREM studios, where most—if not all—of those classic sessions were recorded.”
Check out the 13-plus-minute video above.
Yesterday afternoon, after being bullied at school for months for being too short, 10-year-old Hatfield youth Dominic Zaffino decided to take to Instagram to respond to his name-callers. He posted a message explaining that his growth was stunted because he had gone through 3-and-a-half years of chemo at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to fight—and defeat—cancer. His heartbreaking rebuttal to his bullies read as follows: