This might be the deepest, most mo-meta edition of “The Questions” ever. Not just because James Poyser is one of the greatest secret weapons of soul music–the Soulquarian composer and keyboardist is unsung evil genius behind countless grooves from The Roots, D’Angelo, Common, Erykah Badu,–not to mention key jams from Amy Winehouse, Adele and Rihanna. But also because our interview series “The Questions” was named for his composition for Mos Def and Common called, der, “The Questions.” Questions about “The Questions” for the creator of “The Questions” on the outlet founded by Questlove AKA ?uestion Mark Love AKA B.R.O.T.H.E.R. ?uestion is a whole lot of ??? in the mix. It’s kind of like John Malkovich interviewing John Malkovich about the making of Being John Malkovich. You know, if John Malkovich had amazing studio stories about meeting Dilla for the first time or getting shut down by Mary J. Blige or who’s more difficult to work with than Erykah Badu (A: nobody, apparently). Watch below to enter the hall of questions with James Poyser–but hold on to your brain!
Videographers: Brad Ogbonna and Allison Swank
Editor: Matt Ferran
Music by Desert_Head