Supreme Chops: The 15 Best Grooves From Taylor Gordon The Pocket Queen
There’s nothing better than witnessing pure greatness and Taylor Gordon, better known as “The Pocket Queen” is one not to take your eyes (or ears) off of.
One of the best things I like to do is scour the internet and apps for dope music and the people who play it. You can find me almost everywhere digging for new acts for First Look Friday or on Soundcloud trying to hear those rare, never-before-heard riffs from the latest unsigned singer or MC. It is part because what’s on the radio is not always my cup of tea and that I am a lover of discovering what the next wave is.
Which is why I am ecstatic to introduce the @Okayplayer audience to the ultra-talented, supremely-gifted and extremely otherworldly professional drummer, Taylor Gordon.
A force to be reckoned with, born-and-bred from the 504, New Orleans, Gordon was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. She would go on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music Business and further continue her pursuit at being the world’s best drumming sensation. Since then, she’s built quite the résumé for herself, performing on the stage with Robert Glasper, Stevie Wonder, and Musiq Soulchild to name a few.
Hell, with all of this “cultural appropriation” talk going on, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Taylor was a part of the Super Bowl 50 performance with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.
With a pretty popping YouTube channel since 2007, Gordon brought her electric playing style to Instagram where she’s amassed almost 80k followers and rakes in hundreds of thousands of views per video. It is there where I fell in love with Taylor Gordon and her drumming abilities. Earning the very appropriate name of “The Pocket Queen,” Taylor Gordon knows how to find that right pocket, that perfect position to hit The One on point and get everyone’s toes to tapping and hips a-shaking.
With that said, I’d like to share with you some of Taylor Gordon’s favorite slaps, covers and performances.
(I do NOT own the rights to the music in this video) It’s #BlackHistoryMonth!! A special nostalgic #tbt to honor the a few of the #GreatestBlackSitcoms to grace television in the 90’s. Of course there are more but I only had a minute. Should I do a longer video?? Well then Let’s get this video 15k likes. Share if this brought back some good vibes and memories. Follow Me for more!! BIG NEWS is on the way 👸🏾❤♠ #thepocketqueen #practicemakespocket #groovewithme #supportblackculture #90s
[I do not own the rights to the music in this video] BY POPULAR REQUEST AND VOTE I give you #IWouldDie4U by @prince with a bit of #thepocketqueen flavor sprinkled in. Big S/O to @jkocollection for the fly T. Let’s get this video to 10k likes if you want me to put out the full video 😏. This will be my last cover until the new year. I thank God for his blessings. I thank all of you for rocking with me. Got soooo much more planned and ways you all can get involved so stay tuned!! Merry Christmas!! Love on your families!!!! 🤶🏾♥♠ #thepocketqueen #practicemakespocket #groovewithme #drummerbae #groovewithme
#TBT this was not a popular request. I LOVE old school!!! but there’s great things going on in the new school too. One of my favorite radio jams of 2016 #Oui by @jeremih. My fellow producer friend @williedonut and @needlz1906 did a number on this one. The drum patterns are bananerzzzz. 👸🏾♥♠ #thepocketqueen #practicemakespocket #groovewithme
This was not a popular request. Believe it or not. 😁 Just one of my favorite instrumentals that I finally felt like playing. #MC2 by the late great #JDILLA. Big S/O to @stonesthrow and @pntbtrwlf for what has turned into one of my favorite t-shirts 👸🏾♥♠ #thepocketqueen #practicemakespocket #groovetheory #thepocketclub #tbt
BY POPULAR REQUEST, I went into the woodshed last night and attempted to transcribe the #YouGotMe outro by @theroots featuring @erykahbadu note for note. This is what I got after 3 hours of work. Got more to do. 😉 So #pocketclub! I’m calling this the #YOUGOTMECHALLENGE!!!! I want to see you guys try it too. Once you think you have it down, tag me and I may repost! I would personally like to challenge @seanwrightsmusic @briankopsdrums @tonyroysterjr @stixxtaylor and @aaronsmithdrums LOVE YALL 😘👸🏾♥♠ #thepocketqueen #practicemakespocket
(I do NOT own the rights to the music in this video) THIS WAS NOT A POPULAR REQUEST. But sometimes a sista gotta call an audible. Wanted to start my first vid post of the year with a BANG. Here’s how I play the funky fresh new single “#Finesse” by @brunomars. @epandagram stay holding this gig DOWN!! I hope he lets me know if he ever needs a sub. 🤪 what?? A sista can dream…👸🏾❤♠ #thepocketqueen #finesseremix #brunomars #practicemakespocket #groovewithme
Keep up with Taylor Gordon’s #RoadToChops by following her on Instagram @ThePocketQueen.