Yup. It’s official Time Magazine–the original Man Of The Year magazine since the MOTY were mans like Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler–has declared Questlove the coolest man of the year. We would be pretty geeked about this already. Like, that’s our dude. He founded this very website on which you are reading these words right now. We was just hanging out with him Monday night. And now he’s Time’s Coolest Person of The Year. But wait, it gets better!? Okayplayer (described thus: “His website, Okayplayer, which allows alternative musicians to create songs together online…”) gets a heavy shout out, too. BUT WAIT IT GETS BETTER. Time Magazine, the publication that put the stamp on Haile Selassie and Charles Lindbergh, has recognized Okayplayer’s Roots Crew Holiday Sweatshirt (modeled above in a middle school-style sissy fight between Questo and James Posyer backstage at Jimmy Fallon) as “the dopest Christmas sweater ever.”
Boom. Done. Game over. We are taking the rest of the year off. We could not make this shit up if we were just saying wildness trying to prove to our parents that our jobs are real. Read the full quote (including a friendly sideswipe at Kanye West) below:
Questlove, the drummer of the alt-hip-hop band the Roots, dropped bits of coolness everywhere this year. He wrote two cool books, Mo’ Meta Blues—a smart postmodern memoir—and a coffee-table book chronicling Soul Train, the show so cool that my dad, in a failed attempt to prevent me from growing up to be a dork, forced me to watch it as a child. He composed the music for Comedy Central’s very cool Inside Amy Schumer. His website, Okayplayer, which allows alternative musicians to create songs together online, made the dopest Christmas sweater ever. Every Thursday night, he deejays at a bowling alley in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. And since the Roots are Jimmy Fallon’s house band, he’s about to become the bandleader on The Tonight Show. He also deejayed at 13 weddings this year, including that of 2013 Coolest Person runner-up Pharrell Williams. We picked Questlove over Williams because there’s no song titled “Last Night a Recently Married Guy Saved My Life.”
When I called Questlove to inform him of his honor, he did what all cool people do, which is to claim he was uncool in high school. “Does it speak volumes that my first response is the high school nerd in me being afraid of if I’ll get any backlash from Kanye for getting this accolade?” he asked. But Kanye West tries so hard, whereas Questlove exudes cool comfort. Also, if we picked Kanye, he couldn’t interrupt this column and claim the honor for himself, which we’re kind of hoping happens.